Can Williams recover for Felipe Massa’s last home race?

Can Williams recover for Felipe Massa’s last home race?

13.11.2016: Brazilian Grand-Prix - Interlagos Sunday, November 13th 2016

Brazilian Grand-Prix - Interlagos
Sunday, November 13th 2016






Starting his last home race from 13th place on the grid was most definitely not what Felipe Massa had in mind, when the FW38 seemed to have plenty of pace and was mixing it again with Ferrari and Red Bull on Friday.



But somehow, all that pace slipped away from the Grove cars when it really mattered.



Valtteri Bottas’ single run in Q1 was enough to progress to Q2 in ninth place. Massa ran twice, his second run sending him through in eighth.



Valtteri was seventh after his first run in Q2, but as the field closed up his second run wasn’t enough to progress into Q3; he failed by a tenth of a second.



Massa improved on the second lap of his first run of Q2, and was eighth. But others went quicker and understeer prevented him from improving.


“When we needed to put the laps together, they just didn’t come off,” said a glum head of performance engineering, Rob Smedley.



It’s unfortunate because we were just a few tenths off Ferrari, right up until the time we needed to get the important laps in, and they didn’t come.”



“Basically, the front tyres just stopped working,” Massa said.



His consolation was the reaction of the crowd as he prepared to race in front of his countrymen for the final time.



“It was absolutely amazing to get out of the car and feel the support from the crowd, and to feel the love I have for these people as well as the love they have for me. I will try everything I can tomorrow to give them a better result, especially as it’s my last race here in Brazil.”






In one of those nice moments that occur every so often in sport, Nico Rosberg said: “I wish that the fans go crazy tomorrow to wish Felipe a farewell here, and that we get an awesome atmosphere, that would be cool.



He deserves that after all that he’s achieved in his career and all that he’s also done for the Brazilian people, the pleasure that he’s given them over the years.”

 

 

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