Felipe Massa: “We know we can perform at this circuit”

With Formula One entering the European leg of the 2015 Formula One season in Spain this weekend, the Williams-Martini F1 Team are sitting in third in the Constructors Championship; with the team currently being out-performed by the Scuderia Ferrari F1 Team in the first four races of the season.

With Felipe Massa gaining the final point in tenth place at the Bahrain Grand Prix three weeks ago and his team mate Valtteri Bottas finishing also in the points with a credible fourth place, they have managed to score much-needed points from the event while trying to catch up and close the gap to their rivals.

This weekend sees Massa being as prepared as he can be for the Grand Prix this weekend due to the data they have gathered during pre-season testing but is hoping that the upgrades that are appearing on the car this weekend will help them close the gap that their rivals currently have over them.

“We’ve completed two weeks of testing in Barcelona over the winter so we know how our car can perform around the circuit and are probably more prepared for this race than any other race on the calendar,” said Massa.

“It’s a nice track with a lot of fans in the grandstands and a great city on the doorstep. We have shown in the first few races that we have a good car and a few upgrades will be appearing in Spain that we need to make the most of if we are going to close the gap to the cars in front. It’s good to be back in Europe and I hope we can start this part of the season with a strong result.

Team mate Bottas is looking forward to the start of the European season and also the challenge that the Circuit de Catalunya track presents but he is confident that he will be able to achieve a good result; even if most teams on the grid will also be bring upgrades to the circuit in a bid to improve their performance on the track as well.

“Barcelona is a track everyone knows really well as we’ve done plenty of laps there this season in testing,” said Bottas. It’s one of those tracks where if you are good in qualifying you can have a good race as overtaking isn’t that easy. I’m confident that we will have a good chance to fight for a strong position. We will be bringing some upgrades for the car as well, so it will be interesting to see if they work as expected.

“I imagine most teams will be bringing something new to the race and would have made good use of the three week gap and the circuit’s relative closeness to each team’s factory. Being in Europe also eliminates the jet lag we experience so we can get a bit more training in before the race. I’m really looking forward to starting the European season.”