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Posted on Saturday, July 19, 2014

Massa hoping for cooler conditions

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 […]

Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014

Massa wary of rain threat

Felipe Massa says Williams is keeping an eye on the threat of rain for this Sunday's German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. While the area was bathed in sunshine and temperatures of up to 33c during Friday practice, forecasts suggest that cooler conditions on Sunday could bring with it a threat of rain. "We have had a good day today" he said after finishing the session in sixth place. "We have done a lot of work on the set-up especially after the suspension changes we have […]

Posted on Saturday, June 21, 2014

Massa hails 'great moment' for Williams

Felipe Massa hailed a 'great moment' for Williams as he claimed his first pole position since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008. Massa set a time of 1:08.759 to edge out team-mate Valtteri Bottas during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, earning Williams their first pole for two years and their first front row lock-out since 2003. "I'm so happy what's happened today with us, our team it was such a great moment, it was a long time [since] I had my last pole which […]

Posted on Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bottas confident of challenging Red Bull

Valtteri Bottas believes that he can challenge Red Bull during Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix as he bids to collect the first podium of his Formula 1 career. Bottas, whose retirement in Monaco ended a run of five straight races in the points, qualified in fourth place in Canada, albeit only 0.002s behind reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. The Red Bull driver admitted after qualifying that he is wary of the threat posed by Williams and Bottas reckons the pace of the FW36 is enough to […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Massa confident straights will help Williams

Felipe Massa is hopeful that the long straights of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will play to the strengths of the FW36 at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix. Massa finished the recent Monaco Grand Prix in seventh position but is hopeful that Williams can improve their performance this weekend. "We aim to be more competitive in Canada and hopefully we can have a good performance," said the Brazilian. "The top speed of the car is good and this will be our main strength. Montreal has hosted […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wolff determined to prove herself

Williams development driver Susie Wolff says she is determined to prove herself after conducting her first test of the season with the team. Wolff completed 55 laps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on her way to setting the fifth fastest lap time. The British driver says she has to prove that she deserves to be part of the sport, with her next test being the free practice session at her home race at Silverstone. "It was a difficult start to the day with a different […]

Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014

Bottas: We did our best

Valtteri Bottas believes that he and Williams achieved the maximum result possible during the Spanish Grand Prix. Bottas started the race from fourth on the grid but jumped up to third at the start. The Finn ultimately slipped back to fifth, behind the two Red Bull drivers but he is nonetheless happy with the job done by the team. "Today we did our best," he said. "The strategy was correct and the team did really well in the pit stops, I made no mistake on […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Williams: Spain an indication of 2014 form

Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley reckons that the pecking order across the next couple of races will indicate the form book for the remainder of the season. Williams has enjoyed a revival after a dismal 2013 season as they sit in sixth place in the championship with 36 points. "Spain is a good leveller," said Smedley. "Getting back to Europe gives teams the opportunity to bring further upgrades,which we will also be doing. Barcelona and the following two or three races gives everyone […]

Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014

Massa more comfortable with FW36

Felipe Massa says that upgrades Williams has brought to the Chinese Grand Prix have improved the feeling of the FW36. Massa was seventh quickest in the second session in China and reckons that the car has been improved. "All of the upgrades we brought here have improved performance which is really positive," he said. "Having new parts that we will use is good news as we have made some good steps forward. The balance and feeling of the car is better, however we know that […]

Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Massa concedes podium chance may have gone

Felipe Massa has conceded that Williams's best chance of finishing on the podium in 2014 may have gone. Williams impressed the Formula 1 paddock in pre-season testing but Massa was eliminated at the first corner in Australia before driving to seventh place in Malaysia and Bahrain. "In Australia I did not race so I lost my big chance to be on the podium," he said. "I hope we are going to have another chance. "[In Bahrain] I was fighting for third place the whole race […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Long straight will aid Williams - Massa

Williams driver Felipe Massa believes that the long back straight at the Shanghai International Circuit will play to the strengths of the FW36 in China this weekend. Williams has enjoyed a profitable start to the 2014 season having amassed 30 points across the opening three rounds of the season. "There is a very long straight in China which will be good for overtaking, especially for our car as we have a good top speed," said Massa. "There are also low speed corners where good downforce […]

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Williams apologises for team orders row

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams has apologised after the outfit was caught up in a team orders row during the Malaysian Grand Prix. Felipe Massa was informed to allow team-mate Valtteri Bottas into seventh place, to give the Finn a chance at attacking sixth-placed Jenson Button. Massa disregarded the instruction and Williams admits that the team did not handle the situation correctly. "For our fans, we want to apologise for that because we didn't handle it in the best way," she said. "It's disappointing […]