Massa slowed by tyre debris

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Felipe Massa says his race was scuppered by debris which became lodged in his Williams FW36 and ruined his chance of collecting a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix.

While Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas was able to claim his fourth podium of the season, Massa struggled to 13th place after collecting tyre debris which originated from Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.

"Unfortunately at the beginning of the race I had some tyre debris stuck in the floor that came from Hamilton’s car and this made the car very slow, losing about two seconds per lap," he said.

"This wasn’t removed until my second pit stop and after that I was nearly three seconds quicker and the fastest car on track, but at this point it was too late for me to really do anything.

"Obviously I’m very disappointed that something like this has hurt my race and I just hope that in Monza my luck will change and I am able to put the car in the sort of position it is capable of."

Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley believes Massa lost 40 seconds due to the debris.

"Felipe was incredibly unlucky, picking up a large amount of debris from Hamilton’s tyre that stayed under his car for 20 laps and probably cost him about 40 seconds in total with his compromised pace and strategy" he said.

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