Massa hoping for strong race at favourite “newer” track


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Williams Martini Racing, Williams Mercedes FW38 – Felipe Massa. Saturday 8th October 2016, F1 Japanese GP - Practice 3, Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan. Digital Ref : 1732LB2D3450

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa is most definitely a fan of the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) track, which he says has a layout that he really loves to drive.

“Of all the newer tracks COTA is the one I enjoy the most.

“It’s a really nice track to drive because you have everything; high-speed corners, low-speed corners and the long straight, which is good for overtaking.”

The Brazilian also loves the unique atmosphere that can be felt across the United States Grand Prix race weekend, and makes sure he experiences everything Austin, Texas has to offer.

“I also really enjoy Austin itself. It’s a very nice city with good restaurants and an amazing atmosphere during the race weekend.”

Despite a disappointing race at COTA back in 2015, when both he and team-mate Valtteri Bottas had to retire from the grand prix due to rear suspension failures, Massa has still had some strong results on American soil.

Two fourth place finishes back in 2014 and also in 2012 whilst still driving for Scuderia Ferrari, were the 35-year-olds best placings in Austin, however he performed even better at another US location.

The Williams driver twice finished on the podium when the United States Grand Prix was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking third in 2007 and second in 2006, at the time a career best finish for the Brazilian.

Massa will be hoping for a successful outing once again this year, as well as praying that the performance of the FW38 will see an improvement on their efforts in Japan, when the Grove based team were easily out done by Sahara Force India, their main rivals in the Constructor’s Championship.

“I’ve managed to get good results there in the past so hopefully I can enjoy a great race this year.”