Felipe Massa: “It’s not really the great day we were expecting”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Formula 1 - Australian Grand Prix - Practice 2. Felipe Massa - Williams Martini Racing FW40. Albert Park Circuit. Friday 24th March 2017. Digital Ref: 1794LB1D2724

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa had a somewhat disjointed day of running during practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday, having sat out of the majority of FP2.

The day initially started off well for the Brazilian, who finished in seventh and ‘best of the rest’ at the end of FP1, behind the drivers of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Ferrari, albeit nearly two seconds off the fastest time set by Lewis Hamilton.

In FP2 however, Massa experienced an electrical problem, which caused the Brazilian to come to a halt on track at turn ten, after completing just six laps. He could not get the car restarted, and that meant his afternoon session was over having shown strong pace on the super-soft tyres earlier in the session.

Williams are confident they can resolve the issue overnight however, and Massa is fully focused on catching up for lost time tomorrow.

“It’s not really the great day we were expecting and unfortunately I couldn’t finish the second session; I only did six laps.

“The track was still a little bit dirty and then suddenly we had this issue in the car. I went into neutral and couldn’t select any gears, which meant that I lost the opportunity to try the ultra-soft tyres and do any long runs.

“It’s a shame that we did thousands of kilometres in Barcelona and then had this issue here, but I don’t think it’s a serious thing, which is positive.

“We need to concentrate 100% tomorrow and I really hope things can go the right way.”