once abandoned circuits where power is a plus, Williams enters a phase of the season where their shortcomings become more evident. In Montmeló, a circuit where a good aerodynamic premium on the raw power, they clearly saw the differences in this aspect with Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
These shortcomings were further aggravated by the disastrous classification Felipe Massa. The brazilian driver was flanked to the first change in the Q1, when meeting with traffic at your back good. The brazilian returned to the pits and set up another game, but ran out of time to be able to give another spin.
despite this, Massa believes the car has the necessary speed to reach the area of points eventually from his 18th position on the grill of departure:
“I Am very disappointed with what has happened. I Had traffic on my first attempt and I didn’t do a clean lap. We didn’t have time to go out with another set of tyres. The traffic, or problems in the back, are things that can happen, but even so, we need to make sure that we can react accordingly. Tomorrow is a long race, so that we can still fight for points”.
The classification was more typical for Valtteri Bottas. The finn agreed to Q3, got a good time which allowed him to end up in seventh place, just ahead of the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz, and a few tenths of a Ferrari discrete.
in spite of the strong competition that you have in front of him on the grid, Bottas has put as a target a place among the top five in the race.
“Expected result a little better, but it has been a good lap, so I’m happy with how we’ve gone in Q3. It is a worthwhile thing to Philip. Morning we need to raise the bar and we hope to be among the first five in the race. With a good start and our strategy, it is possible, so we will try to recover as many positions as we can”.