The ‘american tour’ of the Formula 1 has consolidated the team Williams as the fourth computer from the grill to a back, with the permission of Nico Hülkenberg. The result is that Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa have closed the qualifying session of the GP of Mexico in eighth and ninth position, same result for both a week ago in the Q3 of Austin. All in all, the sensations in Williams have been pretty contradictory, any time that Valtteri Bottas has finished satisfied with his performance, while Felipe Massa has completed more upset as it has had problems to operate the tires.
Andl team Williams attempted to have his pilots could complete the Q2 with rubber soft, but the pace of FW38 was not enough, by what Valtteri Bottas had to mark that to resort to rubber bands superblandas, same compound with the one that marked the eighth-best time on Q3: “Has been a qualifying session very good and we ended up more or less where we had to do it in the day of today. it Was a pity that we could not qualify for Q3 with the soft tyres, because now we have to start the race with superblandos”.
Although the asphalt of the Rodriguez Brothers is leaving some surprises, Valtteri Bottas knows that you should optimize the strategy before the start with tire superblandos: “Now we have to be smart with the strategy because there is a great difference between the tires superblandas, soft and the medium compound, especially in what refers to its duration. We have to make sure we have everything right for tomorrow. It is a good starting point, we have managed to overcome one of the pilots of Force India and it is important to try to be ahead of both drivers tomorrow”.
Felipe Massa was more critical of his paper, especially because the brazilian driver suffered with the grip for some of the key moments of the Q2 and the Q3: “Has been a session of very difficult qualifying. I have had problems to operate the tires at the correct temperature. We try to be aggressive during the return preparation and again in the first round. We tried everything, but just for now we could not make that work correctly“.
In this aspect, Massa acknowledged that: “In fact, my best lap time has not been in the classification, it has been this morning when I had more fuel in the tank and less performance in the engine. Although from there we set up the set up to have a good rating, unfortunately we could not get a better lap time. all in all, we managed to be in the top ten. We know that the race tomorrow will be difficult, but we have to focus on scoring more points than Force India”.