The 2016 Monaco Grand Prix will mark the fourteenth appearance at the Monte-Carlo street circuit for Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa and he will be hoping to return to royal box and the podium for the first time since 2008.
Following a promising performance from Massa at the Spanish Grand Prix, which saw Massa work his way from eighteenth on the grid up to eighth, the Brazilian will be hoping for better luck during qualifying this time out, and he is hoping that his ‘home’ knowledge will help him out.
“Monaco is like another home Grand Prix for me because I live there.” said Massa. “I’m not from Monaco, but it’s definitely my town. I pass through the track most of the time when it’s just a road, and then suddenly everything changes and in just a few months it turns into a race track. It’s pretty amazing to see what they do there with the tight roads, and then we go racing there at 300kph.”
This weekend provides a more level playing field for the Formula 1 field as the nature of the circuit means that the top teams cannot rely on their power advantage that has helped them in previous Grand Prix.
“It’s always a very difficult race. It’s very easy to lose your concentration and hit the wall. It’s a very important race for us as drivers, but also for people to enjoy from their boats in the glamorous setting of Monaco. It’s always a really nice weekend for so many people and not just the drivers. I’m really looking forward to an amazing weekend, and some good racing at one of my home Grand Prix.” he added.