Lewis Hamilton finished qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix with apparent ease at the top. He overtook team rival Nico Rosberg, the second fastest in qualifying, by more than half a second. With third place, Williams ’good form was confirmed by Felipe Massa. Racer Team Time Laps 1. L. Hamilton Mercedes 01: 26.327 16 2. N. Rosberg Mercedes 01: 26.921 14 3. F. Massa Williams 01: 27.718 21 4. S. Vettel Ferrari 01: 27.757 12 5. K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01: 27.790 17 6. V. Bottas Williams 01: 28.087 16 7. D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01: 28.329 22 8. C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01: 28.510 22 9. R. Grosjean Lotus 01: 28.560 20 10. P. Maldonado Lotus 01: 29.480 20 11. F. Nasr Sau
Felipe Massa hopes his Williams team in Abu Dhabi will be able to hit Mercedes with a win. Williams is enjoying a much better season this year than in previous years, but despite numerous rankings in the top three, the top podium has remained unattainable. The experienced Brazilian, however, sensed an opportunity in the duel of Mercedes racers for the title of champion. "If Lewis doesn't have a good start tomorrow, we may be able to overtake him. He may also feel some pressure at the moment, which is not surprising given what happened to him every time he fought for the title. We will. see, but if the opportunity presents itself, we will seize it, ”explained Massa, who is aware that Lewis is losing the title due to a duel with a Williams racer, and he doesn’t have much to lose himself. “I risk less myself, but they both
Felipe Massa said Nico Rosberg would not do him any favors on the way to the title as the German had asked. Nico Rosberg has to win in Abu Dhabi if he wants to become champion, and then he needs someone else to prevent Lewis Hamilton from finishing in second place. And Massa is supposed to be a competitor capable of that. "He's right. I need some help from Felipe," Rosberg said, but Massa has bad news for the German: "I'm not going to help anyone! I told Rosberg I wanted to win the race and not help him. Nobody helped me, when I could have won the title. In fact, a certain German even mocked me, "Massa said, aiming for the last race of the 2008 season, where for a moment it looked like the Brazilian had become champion, and then Hamilton was just a few turns ahead.
Felipe Massa said that during a heavy downpour he shouted to ask them to stop the race. The Japanese GP started behind a safety car as there was a lot of water on the track due to heavy rain. Conditions improved, and in the 44th lap of the 53 planned, the race was suspended as Jules Bianchi crashed in heavy rain again. On the way off the track, the Frenchman collided with a tractor that was pulling Adiran Sutil's car, which had flown off the track only a lap earlier. After the race, Massa said he felt they should have stopped the race well before they did. “I’m worried because I heard he crashed into a tractor,” said Massa, who had already visited the unfortunate Bianchi at the hospital. "They started the race too fast and finished too late in non-driving conditions. I had shouted on the radio five laps earlier to race.
Third-placed at the Italian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa praised the work they did for Williams after the race. The Mercedes duo escaped and the Brazilian routinely drove the race and took the first podium this season, while Valtteri Bottas, Williams ’second racer, finished the race in fourth place after a poor start from third place. "Good race, good day for us. After a solid start, we were very fast, though not enough to endanger Mercedes," Massa said. "The guys did a really great job on the team. I'm glad to be on the podium, which has slipped away from us a few times this year." Williams won a nice total of points with third and fourth place, taking third place in the Ferrari design championship. “It’s very good for us to overtake Ferrari,” d
The Williams team has confirmed that it will not change its racing lineup next season. Felipe Massa already had a contract with the team, and Valtteri Bottas only had the option to extend his contract, which he also took advantage of, despite rumors of a possible transfer to McLaren. “I’ve been part of the Williams team for five years and we’ve developed together, which is a very good feeling,” Bottas said. "Together we have made concrete progress this year so I'm sure I'm on a team that is on the right track and can continue to compete with the best."
Felipe Massa believes his team-mate Valtteri Bottas has every chance of becoming a Formula 1 world champion. So far, Bottas has already overtaken Masso in the 2014 season and is currently ranked 5th in the top of the rankings. All four Williams wins have been secured by Bottas and are 4 places higher and have 70 points more than Massa. He was impressed not only by his exceptional speed behind the wheel, but also by his attitude and approach to competition. “He’s a great driver, competitive, smart, fast, and he works hard to win from the start,” Massa said. Remember, there are 7 more races until the end of the season and with 110 points, Bottas is well on its way to the podium, behind leader Nico Rosberg, who has 220 points. The next race will be in Monza, Italy this weekend between September 5th and 7th.
Williams racers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas are confident that the configuration of the Spa Francorchamps track fits their FW36 race car. The team from Grove surprised us with good form this year, as Massa won the best starting position in Austria, and Bottas was ranked among the top three three times. The track in Spa is very fast, so both racers think that they can achieve good results here. “The change in track height and fast corners give a very special charm to driving on this track, especially in a Formula One race car,” Bottas said. "Long planes and unpredictable weather can spice up the race for both the racer and the spectators. Spa requires a race car with efficient aerodynamics, so we expect to be particularly strong here and expect a good result." The mass that is
Now a former Ferrari racer, Felipe Massa is convinced that Fernando Alonso knew about the Renault team's plan, which he fired in 2008 at the race in Singapore. Nelson Piquet, Alonso's teammate, deliberately crashed into a guardrail in the 14th lap of the race on the instructions of Flavius Briatore and Pat Symonds, causing a safety car to hit the track. Alonso, who had just been the only one to make a stop in the pits, took the lead at the expense of this and in the end also won. Massa, who left Ferrari at the end of last season, said Alonso knew of the plan devised by Briatore and Symonds, although Alonso did not admit it to him. The suspicions that it was a planned accident were confirmed almost a year later, and the FIA arrested Flavia Briatore and PA Symonds.
Pirelli motor sports boss Paul Hembery expressed concern about the tires after Friday's training session and also mentioned possible changes. Let’s remember that at Friday’s practice, Di Resti completely picked up the tread of the rear left tire. Di Resta was driving with a very large amount of fuel at the time, and the unwelcome moment came in the initial phase of driving with a full tank of fuel. Pirelli has not yet fully completed the investigation, which was launched, but Hembery added: "It's really not good when the tread disappears in this way. We really didn't want this to happen in such a way, which is why we will do our best to improve it or eliminate this factor. ”Let us remember that Pirelli has chosen a new tactic of tire construction for this season, where