Massa feels podium slipped through Williams' grasp

By on Monday, November 3, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Felipe Massa believes that Williams missed out on finishing on the podium at the United States Grand Prix.

Massa spent much of the race in third place but was jumped by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo through the second round of stops and came home in fourth place.

"I had a very good start to get up to third place and we showed strong pace throughout the race, but unfortunately a slower than normal pitstop allowed Ricciardo to jump me and this could have cost us a podium which was possible," he said.

"These things happen though and the team have been operating at a very high level with pitstops this season so we need to quickly move on from this one. On the whole we need to see this as a positive weekend as we have scored more points than our rivals in the Constructors’ Championship and we have good momentum for the final two races of the season."

Team-mate Bottas was fifth after slipped back at the start.

"I had a bit of clutch slip at the beginning which allowed Ricciardo to jump me in the first corner," he said. "The Red Bull’s also had better tyre management and could run at a better pace for longer, so that made it difficult to catch Ricciardo after he jumped me at the pitstops."

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