Felipe Massa: “It was a really terrible race for me”


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Felipe Massa had a really difficult European Grand Prix after struggling with his tyres on Sunday, finishing tenth.

The Williams Martini Racing driver had a good qualifying session on Saturday after he qualified in sixth, ahead of the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat. For the Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit though, Massa was struggling with tyre degradation throughout.

He had to run a two-stop strategy, and before his first stop he was fifth, and was running sixth before his final stop but continued to struggle with his tyres. With this struggle he was slowly losing places and in the end had to settle for tenth, behind the Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Massa believes the Grove-based outfit need to change something in the car to make the tyres work better at the Baku City Circuit in the future.

“It was a really terrible race for me, one to forget,” said Massa. “I struggled massively with the tyres.

“I couldn’t make them work, I was having a lot more degradation on the rears than I thought I would. One point is more than it could have been because I couldn’t drive the car in the proper way and I couldn’t save the tyres either.

“We maybe need to change something in the car to make the tyres work in a different way here in the future.”