Massa left to rue struggle with tyres

By on Saturday, July 9, 2016
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Felipe Massa was left to rue tyre struggles as he was eliminated from the second stage of qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

Massa will line-up from 12th place on the grid and was puzzled by his failure to get Pirelli's tyres into the correct operating window.

"It definitely wasn’t a good qualifying for me today, because it was hard to make the rear tyres work in a way that wouldn’t lose performance throughout my lap," he rued.

"Unfortunately, I couldn’t put my lap together because of that. I was a little bit surprised because it’s not the first time we’ve had these issues with the tyres."

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas fared better and will start from sixth position.

"I felt like I got everything out of the car today, which is always a nice feeling as a driver," he said.

"I was hoping we could be closer to the front-runners. There is a little bit of a gap which we are working flat out for, so the thing to do now is to focus on the race."

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