Felipe Massa: “It definitely wasn’t a good qualifying for me”

Felipe Massa - Credit: Andrew Hone/Williams

It was a disappointing day at Silverstone for Felipe Massa on Saturday, with the veteran Brazilian being eliminated from qualifying at the second stage, and will start the British Grand Prix down in twelfth position on the grid.

The Williams Martini Racing driver has been on a poor run of form of late, and has scored only two points in the past four races, and suffered with tyre issues during the qualifying session at Silverstone that left him unable to follow team-mate Valtteri Bottas through into Q3.

Massa is hoping for a better performance on race day on Sunday as he looks to move up the order and secure some points for the Williams team.

“It definitely wasn’t a good qualifying for me today, because it was hard to make the rear tyres work in a way that wouldn’t lose performance throughout my lap,” said Massa.

“Unfortunately, I couldn’t put my lap together because of that. I was a little bit surprised because it’s not the first time we’ve had these issues with the tyres.

“Hopefully the car will be set-up in a way for the race tomorrow that the pace will be more consistent, because we need to try to make it work tomorrow.”