Massa hoping for cooler conditions

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

Felipe Massa is hopeful that forecast cooler conditions for Sunday's German Grand Prix will aid Williams's prospects of collecting a strong result.

Massa will line up from third place on the grid, one slot behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas, but is hopeful that anticipated cooler conditions will suit the FW36.

Track temperatures during qualifying peaked at almost 60c and Massa is hopeful that lower temperatures in the race will suit Williams.

"I think it will be a big challenge for everybody," he said. "So, we’re running super-soft and soft, definitely is not 100 per cent easy to keep the tyres in the good shape all the time, every lap, so the consistency… it’s not very easy to be there every lap, so maybe we will see more stops than at other races - I don’t know.

"Definitely having a little bit less temperature in the track will help a little bit, especially our cars so I hope this can be a good help for us tomorrow to make these tyres a little bit more consistent and trying to make the strategy the best way as well. But it’s always a big challenge tomorrow in the race."

The Brazilian admitted that he was not completely happy with the handling of his car.

"I think I was struggling to put the lap together, so I had some movement from the tyres and I was not able to have a perfect car - just to put all the sectors together," he said.

"I was able to do one sector better in one way, the other sector better in the other way. The car was not 100 per cent perfect in terms of set-up to put the perfect lap and Valtteri did really a very good lap."


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