Felipe Massa: “The race was going ok for me”

Felipe Massa - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

After starting the Austrian Grand Prix from the pit lane, Felipe Massa was forced to retire from the race after developing a brake problem on his Williams Martini Racing FW38.

The Brazilian had made a number of places up the order early at the Red Bull Ring and felt that he could have achieved a top ten finish but for a puncture that put him down the order once again, before suffering high brake temperatures while trailing behind the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, pulling into the pits with eight laps remaining to retire.

It was Massa’s second retirement of the season, having also retired from the Canadian Grand Prix, and he now heads to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix eager for better luck having scored just two points in the past four races.

“The race was going ok for me, I was fighting and gaining positions from the start and I had a very good pace during most of the race,” said Massa. “Unfortunately, I had a puncture and had to pit for new tyres.

“I had been saving the brakes for the whole race, but at the end I was close behind Gutierrez so the temperatures rose even more and I had to stop.”