Massa says Williams must do better on Saturdays


Felipe Massa - Williams Martini Racing - British GP 2017. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa was pleased to finish the British Grand Prix in tenth place, and bag a point for the team, having struggled in qualifying on Saturday.

The Brazilian could only manage a lap good enough to put him fourteenth on the grid, and starting so far down the order made the race a lot tougher than it needed to be, according to Massa, as he struggled to get by Sahara Force India F1 Team driver Sergio Perez, despite his best efforts.

The Brazilian fully believes that had he started in a better position, he would definitely have been fighting for points on Sunday, as the pace was there.

“I’m definitely happy with the race after starting fourteenth, having had a very good start and opening lap, to finish tenth.

“For sure, the most difficult part of the race was overtaking the Force India’s at the end. I was quicker, but maybe not quick enough to have the opportunity to overtake.

“I’m still not happy with the qualifying yesterday. When you start out of position things are a lot more difficult than they should be so today maybe we could have fought for more points.”

Going forward, the Williams driver is keen to ensure that they get qualifying right, to avoid having to unnecessarily make his way through the field when overtaking is proving extremely tricky this season.

“Unfortunately, startingfourteenth didn’t allow us to do that, but I’m happy with my race. We just need to make sure our starting position is better in the next race.”