Felipe Massa: “The Hockenheimring could be a great track for our car”


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Felipe Massa is excited to be returning to Hockenheim this weekend for the last Grand Prix before the Formula 1 2016 season summer break.

For the 2015 F1 season there was no German Grand Prix after the Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler confirmed they would not be ready in time. The Nurburgring was meant to host the race under an alternation agreement as Hockenheim hosted the 2014 German Grand Prix. But the Nurburgring failed to complete an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone.

The Williams Martini Racing driver finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in eighteenth behind the Sauber of Felipe Nasr. Throughout the race, Massa was experiencing an issue with his steering rack. Which left him to struggle for pace at the Hungaroring.

After this disappointment, the veteran Brazilian is hopeful of a good race at the Hockenheimring. As he believes the track could be great for their car.

“It will be nice to return to the German Grand Prix after we didn’t have it last year,” said Massa.

“We’re heading to Hockenheim, a track I really enjoy driving. I hope we have a good race because the Hockenheimring could be a great track for our car. We’ll see at the weekend.”

Valtteri Bottas was able to finish the Hungarian Grand Prix in ninth, achieving two points for the Grove-based outfit. This result was the best outcome Bottas could have hoped for after starting the Grand Prix from tenth.

The last time the Finn drove at the Hockenheimring in 2014, he finished in second, one of his best F1 results. Bottas is excited to be returning to Germany and hopes for another warm welcome.

“Last time we were in Germany was in 2014,” said Bottas. “I was second place in the race, one of my best F1 results.

“It’s a track I’ve driven a lot when I was in the junior categories like Formula Renault and Formula 3, so I know the place really well. It’s nice to go back to Germany after a bit of a break, and hopefully we’ll have another warm welcome.”