The Grand Prix of Spain it was a real struggle of forces between Red Bull and Ferrari, while the drivers of Mercedes are played in the first round. In a race situation that could well have taken advantage of Williams to have a role of greater prominence, but it was not so. Valtteri Bottas finished fifth in a race comfortable but without incentives in that once you overcome the hurdle of Sergio Perez had no rivals nearby. Felipe Massa had a race a lot more elaborate to finish eighth and adding four points for the british team in Barcelona.
Valtteri Bottas was fifth and finished within two seconds of Ricciardo, but the australian had to make a stop extra because of a flat tyre. In the end, that is the most palpable sign of the performance of the FW38 in Montmeló, far away in performance and in management of tires of the protagonists of the race. In this aspect, Bottas explained: “I Believe that we achieved the maximum we could achieve and I’m happy with these points. SabíamI that our car was not fast enough this weekend, but we have had a good result and that is the most positive”.
“it Is clear that we would like to fight for podiums and victories, but was not possible during this weekend” added Bottas. The finn also tried to goad the work of Williams to the FW38 get more updates: “We have to keep pushing to improve the development of the car, but we also need more pace on this type of tracks. We knew that if something happened we could win a couple of places, or otherwise, was always going to be very difficult. It is true that there are a lot of things that can happen and this time we take a small advantage. Even so, we must improve”.
Felipe Massa was eighth in a race to against in out in position 18 and had to fight repeatedly against the McLaren, Force India, Daniil Kvyat, and the couple of pilots of Haas F1. In the end, the brazilian was able to impose to everyone except Sergio Perez to score four valuable points: “Was a very good race for us in that we add some good points by finishing eighth after starting 18th. It has been difficult so I’m happy. I Know that we have lost points in comparison with Red Bull, but we can’t do much more”.
Congratulating the hero of the day, Massa said on Verstappen: “I’m very happy for Max, I know what it means to win for the first time. He is only 18 years of age and is in a team first”. However, the brazilian soon focused on the next race, which will take place on the streets of Monte carlo: “Looking forward to Monaco, I hope that we can demonstrate that we have a better car for this type of track, because here we have not gone all that well. In Monaco we have struggled in the last two years, but it is a track where anything can happen”.