After a very disappointed qualifying session on Saturday, Felipe Massa fought back superbly on Sunday to secure fourth place, making up eleven places from his grid position.
The Williams Martini Racing driver felt he lost some time in the early stages of the Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom due to the choice of using an alternative tyre strategy to those around him, but was able to make gains in the closing stages when using the faster tyre, and then capitalised on the last lap clash between Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen to take fourth.
“It was a good result for me today and we managed to do well to fight back from a disappointing qualifying yesterday,” said Massa.
“I lost a bit of time behind slower cars at the beginning of the race because I was on harder tyres than those around me, but the pace was very good on the Supersofts at the end.
“This allowed me to close up and be in a position to collect more points on the final lap due to the incidents up ahead.”