Williams has received a slap in the face of reality in free practice of the GP of Austria. Although the british team has introduced some novelties in the suspension and to level aerodynamic, the FW40 is not as competitive as it is in Azerbaijan. Neither Felipe Massa nor Lance Stroll have finished satisfied with his performance in free practice, both the problems themselves as for the level of performance that they have shown some of their direct rivals. In addition, Lance Stroll has received his first reprimand in Formula 1 by stepping the input line to the pits, in a move without much danger.
Felipe Massa has ended the first day of the GP of Austria away from the top 10. In the first session of free has been in eleventh, while in the FP2 has been fourteenth. Although the middle part of the grille is matched, it is not a good starting point for the brazilian: “was Definitely not a Friday easy for us. We were struggling with the balance on the car, because there were differences in their behavior at high and low speed“.
You can simply say that I am not happy with the balance of the car
Quite terse in his statement to the press as a result of his bad feelings, Felipe Massa concluded: “you can say that I am just not happy with the car balance, so we have a lot of work to do if we want to improve tomorrow. I really hope that our lap times are better and we can be more competitive in the rankings. It will not be easy“.
Lance Stroll was expressed in terms similar to those of your partner, but with greater hope of being able to improve: “The times are very tight. We lack a little, but we have to look at the data and the pieces to work on during this night. Does not seem as competitive as in Baku, for example, but that can change. In a turn as short as the one we have here, a couple of tenths can be worth a good number of places“.
The young pilot of Williams added: “we’re Going to work to try to resolve this situation, and win these tenths for tomorrow, because we lack a bit of grip on all the corners. We are not able to push the car as hard as others. I have not yet spoken with the engineers, but I think we have a good race car“.