Williams admits lack of Monaco pace

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas admitted the squad simply lacks pace after neither made it through to Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Massa was only 14th fastest while Bottas fell at the first hurdle and will line-up from 17th position.

"There were no major issues during qualifying that caused us to be out of position; Monaco just isn’t a circuit that suits the characteristics of our car," said Massa.

"We struggled throughout the day and found it hard to set the lap times we wanted.

"Tomorrow won’t be easy, but anything is possible due to the nature of the track. It’s not a great result as we have become used to qualifying higher, but I’m confident we can still get points and that must be our focus."

Bottas conceded that his FW37 lacked grip, restricting him to a lowly grid slot.

"I had some traffic on my initial option run and couldn’t go at the sort of pace needed to keep the tyre temperatures correct, and on my timed lap I just lacked overall grip throughout the lap," he said.

"We knew this track was not going to suit our car and we’ve been struggling to get the tyres to work throughout the weekend.

"Then again this is the sort of track where lots of things can happen and if we stay out of trouble and finish the race then points are still possible."

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