GP Europe: Massa, “better than expected”; Bottas qualifies as “unacceptable” incident


as in many other Great Prizes, Williams did not show his true pace until qualifying. The team of Grove stood in their proper positions in Q3 in Baku and got some results that are quite acceptable, although Force India were surpassed as the second best team with Mercedes engine performance in this Grand Prix of Europe.

Felipe Massa placed your car in sixth position, which becomes the fifth for the penalty of five places to the Force India Sergio Perez the change gear box. The brazilian driver maintained a good pace throughout the day, after a Friday quite complicated not to find the right balance for your car.

Massa pointed out that, for he could find the pilot and the performance of the car which required, and the luck that he had to mark his time in Q3, although it considered that it could have made a better return.

I’m happy with the result in qualifying. Has been much better than I expected, because I have been struggling with the car all weekend. In classification, I have been able to improve the way in which he was riding and improve the car at the same time. We have had some luck at the end of Q3 because I managed to score a time before the red flag, but that is part of the game”.

“I’m Not yet happy with the balance, and I made a small mistake in the last corner, could have been two tenths faster. I hope that we can have a good race tomorrow, but it will be very hard. This circuit can be one of the most difficult to finish a race. We have seen that only half of the grill GP2 has finished his career, so we have to be very ready with all you may spend”

Valtteri Bottas, for its part, will start in the to eighth position. The Finnish driver started the classification having given only one turn of setup in Free 3, after a cover of drained poorly set was causing more severe damage on the floor of his car, in which Rob Smedley, chief of performance of Williams, described as a “series of circumstances of shit”.

Bottas was able to finally leaving the track in qualifying and end up in a dignified position in Q3. The finn showed significantly shocked by your incident, and lamented that the lack of running and the traffic will keep getting a better return.

it is Not acceptable at all that this kind of things continue to occur. This is not the first cover of drainage that is released in Formula 1, and it is fortunate that he was in the pit lane. The I noticed when I passed by her and hit the car. Watching the replay, I think that the commissioners were fortunate. We had bad luck, miss the free 3 we has made more difficult the classification. It is not easy to say how much has affected us, but I don’t think that our pace be too bad”.

“I didn’t do a good lap in Q1 and Q2, but to pass by the traffic as we have done shows that we have good pace. Q3 was tough, because the traffic affected me quite a lot in both attempts, and I think we could have found half a second more. For tomorrow, we have a good race pace and I am sure that we can have a good day”.