Felipe Massa: “I think it was a positive race”

Felipe Massa says it was a tough race but was pleased to score points - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa says that the Japanese Grand Prix was a tough race from start to finish.

Massa lost some positions at the start of the race, and a one stop strategy left him vulnerable at the first stop but a clever strategy meant the Brazilian was able to finish ninth.

“It was a tough race. We were really fighting from the beginning, to the end. We lost two positions at the start with both cars, maybe due to the tyres we had compared to the others. The pace at the beginning didn’t look very promising compared to the others.”

Williams battled with championship rivals Sahara Force India in the early periods but Massa felt that he could not handle the pace of Silverstone based team.

“We tried to stay out long to do a one-stop, and it worked out. We would love to have finished ahead of Force India, but today they had a better car.”

Nonetheless, Massa scored valuable points for the team and hopes that the team can continue to score points in two weeks’ time in Austin.

“We managed to score points with both cars after being just thirteenth and fourteenth during the first stint. I think it was a positive race and the strategy worked out very well.”