Felipe Massa: “That was a disappointing race”


Felipe Massa - Credit: Sam Bloxham/Williams

Felipe Massa missed out on points at Silverstone by just over seven seconds on Sunday on a day of disappointment for the Williams Martini Racing team.

With team-mate Valtteri Bottas down in fourteenth having his own disappointing day, the Brazilian was in contention for a finish inside the lower reaches of the top ten before making a second pit stop to switch from the Medium to the Soft tyre, but was unable to make the ground back up to score points as others decided not to make an additional stop.

Massa survived being pushed off the circuit by Sebastian Vettel that earned the Ferrari driver a penalty just prior to making his final stop, but the veteran Brazilian admitted to struggles with keeping his tyres in a good operating window.

“That was a disappointing race,” said Massa. “We were trying to fight with so many cars throughout the whole race, but in the wet it was so tricky with oversteer.

“We tried to keep pace and position, but our tyres were degrading a lot compared to other teams, causing us to drop position and finish outside of the points.

“When the tyres were working the pace was OK, even with the medium tyre. But once that dropped it was tricky.”