Felipe Massa: “It’s a good track for our car”

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Felipe Massa is hopefully of another good weekend at the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix, a place where he has performed well for the Williams Martini Racing team in the past.

The veteran Brazilian had a difficult European Grand Prix last time out, as he struggled with his tyres, although he did manage to score a point for tenth place.

Massa did have a good qualifying session around the Baku Street Circuit as he qualified ahead of the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat in sixth, but this success didn’t progress into the Grand Prix though as he struggled with high tyre degradation, leading to him to finish just inside the points in tenth behind the Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg.

Massa is hopefully of Williams continuing their previous success at the Red Bull Ring at this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix after achieving podium finishes and a surprise pole position back in 2014.

“Austria is a very small but nice track to drive,” said Massa. “I’ve had some great races there over the previous two years.

“Last year I was on the podium in third. The year before, we had a pole position and second on the grid. Valtteri finished on the podium and I finished fourth. That shows it’s a good track for our car and we are normally very competitive. I hope we have another year like that!

“There are some good straights for the power unit, mixed with some high-speed corners. As a place, it’s somewhere I really enjoy visiting. We normally stay in a hotel which is like an old castle, so that’s interesting and different to normal. The people are always really enthusiastic about Formula One, so it’s always nice to come here.”