Massa's spin caused by rear wing stall

By on Friday, April 10, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams says that Felipe Massa's premature exit from the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix was caused by a rear wing stall on his FW37.

Massa was on his flying lap during the session when his car spun out of control under braking for the hairpin in the final sector.

Massa spun off the circuit and clipped the barriers, causing minor damage to the front wing and resulting in the session being stopped while his car was retrieved.

"The first session went to plan, but this afternoon we had a few issues with the rear wing," said Massa, who ended the day in 17th position.

"Under braking I lost all grip in the rear tyres and as a result the car spun which put me out for the rest of the session."

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas was seventh fastest and believes that Williams is in a stronger position to where it was two weeks ago in Malaysia.

"The updates we brought have worked, so we are a little quicker through the corners now, which is always positive," he said.

"The temperature here suits us better than in Malaysia, so I think we can be strong in qualifying but we need to make sure we focus on the race and especially on the front left tyre graining."


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