Williams struggles in both Friday sessions

By on Friday, August 25, 2017

A very disappointing Friday for Williams as Felipe Massa crashed the car during his first timed-lap in FP1 while Lance Stroll's afternoon session was disturbed by rain. The information gathered could still help the team to better prepare the cars for tomorrow's sessions.

Massa returned to racing after missing out on the Hungarian race but was unable to put mileage as he lost the car in Turn Seven, causing some serious damage. The team changed the chassis and that will be re-scrutineered on Saturday morning so he can run in FP3.

"A session to forget for me", said Massa.

"On the first lap I had big oversteer in corner seven when I touched the inside kerb. It was my mistake and I feel really disappointed to do only one lap in the day.

"It’s not positive for the weekend because when you lose two sessions like that it’s difficult to understand everything about the car. Tomorrow will be a day to learn everything from zero. I think the session was not great for Lance as well, looking at the car it didn’t seem as competitive as we want to be yet. There’s a lot to learn and understand tomorrow, and I really hope we can improve."

His team mate had a better session in FP1 but did not manage to extract too much information before the rain started in FP2.

"That was not where we were hoping to be", Stroll says.

"We are just struggling to carry speed through the corners and be as competitive as we want to be. We need to improve in the high-speed corners, as we are still suffering with the same kind of problems we faced in Silverstone and Austria.

"We just can't seem to carry the entry speed in those typical high-loaded, long corners. We need to work on the balance for tomorrow and understand how we can be more competitive in FP3. But things can change, as we have a lot of people looking how to improve and I am sure after the briefing we will understand more."

 


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