Felipe Massa: “The two-stop strategy didn’t work”

Felipe Massa made a great start during the Bahrain Grand Prix, jumping up from his seventh place on the grid to run second during the early stages of the race, but was unable to maintain that position as he struggled for pace in his Williams on Sunday.

The veteran Brazilian and his Williams Martini Racing team gambled on making a two-stop strategy work, but this ultimately proved to be the wrong decision, with Massa ultimately dropping down the order, eventually losing out on seventh position on the final lap to the Red Bull of Daniil Kvyat.

Massa was naturally disappointed to finish eighth, and hopes the team can learn from their strategy mistakes in the future, starting with the Chinese Grand Prix later this month in Shanghai.

“I had such a great start, going from seventh to second, but unfortunately the two-stop strategy didn’t work as expected and our pace on the medium tyre was not very good,” revealed Massa.

“This allowed others on softer tyres to get ahead and stay there. We started the weekend expecting more so it’s been a disappointing result, but hopefully we can learn from this weekend and have a better result in China.”