Massa hails 'emotional' Monza podium

By on Sunday, September 6, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Felipe Massa was delighted as he collected his second podium of the season at the Italian Grand Prix.

Massa repeated his third position which he achieved in the 2014 race as he stood on the podium in front of Ferrari's fans, having driven for the team between 2006 and 2013.

"It's really emotional to have been on the podium," he said. It was a difficult but fantastic race, I didn't have the best start but I was still able to pass cars so it was good enough.

"I worked hard to open the gap to Valtteri [Bottas], but when I pitted early it gave him the advantage on tyres at the end of the race. It was hard to keep him behind as he really wanted it, but I just about managed it.

"I am delighted for myself and the team, we got a lot of valuable points. It's special to be up on the podium at Monza again, and I really thank the team for their effort today."

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished just 0.3s behind in fourth place and rued a couple of minor issues.

"It was a good result for the team today, good points which is important," he said.

"My pit stop lost me too much time which was crucial for the second part of the race. I managed to get extremely close in the end but it was too late.

"As I saved my tyres and brakes I was able to attack in the final laps but we had system issues on the last lap, so we need to investigate what happened because I also lost an opportunity there."

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