Felipe Massa has urged Ferrari to focus on improving its aerodynamic performance to be more competitive in 2012.

12886 - Massa wants improved aerodynamics

After setting the sixth fastest time of the day during Friday practice, Massa was already looking to next season after carrying out numerous tests with the new car in mind. With Red Bull and McLaren having tended to be quicker than Ferrari this season - at least over one lap - Massa said it was aerodynamic performance that would help close the gap.

"From Monday, we will be able to concentrate totally on 2012," Massa said. "We must improve in all areas, but above all on the aerodynamic front, which in the current Formula 1 is the design element of the car that has the biggest effect. However, we must not overlook every detail, because it can be the little things that lead to a perfect car."

Focusing on the current weekend, Massa said that there was a lot of data to look through before deciding on a setup direction, but that the team was prepared for any eventuality.

"Today, the lap times were slower compared to last year's: maybe the tyres Pirelli have brought here are harder than the Bridgestones and also the temperatures are higher. We tried a lot of different settings and now we must put it all together to try and be as well prepared as possible for qualifying and especially for the race. The rain? We must be ready to tackle any situation. We don't have anything new, but I really hope we can do a good job and end the season on a high note. A podium would be fantastic and that would give me even more motivation for next season."