Felipe Massa: “We need to get everything right in the race”

Felipe Massa - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Felipe Massa knows everything needs to go right during Sunday’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas to ensure his Williams Martini Racing team score as many points as possible.

The Brazilian will start the race from ninth on the grid, just behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and Massa was happy that Sergio Perez, one of the Sahara Force India F1 Team drivers, will be behind him on the grid.

The two teams continue to battle for fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, but Massa was unhappy with the gap to Nico Hülkenberg ahead of him, who will start seventh.

Massa, who has just four races of his Formula 1 career remaining before retirement, feels Williams are well positioned for a good race on Sunday and can take the fight to the Force India’s.

“The positive from today’s qualifying is that both cars are right in the middle of the Force India’s so we are well positioned to race them tomorrow,” said Massa.

“The only downside is that the gap to Hulkenberg’s car is bigger than we would have liked, but our car is feeling better on long runs at this track than shorter runs which will help us tomorrow.

“We need to get everything right in the race tomorrow, especially the strategy, to maximise the points we score.”