Felipe Massa


Sure he finished a distant 4th in the end and team-mate Bottas was arguably quicker throughout much of the first stint yet Felipe soaked up all the pressure his Finnish sidekick could throw at him. The likeable little Brazilian was beating the Mercedes duo fair and square on pace before the rain came and a rather terrible strategy call from Williams perhaps prevented him from winning the race entirely!

Massa was on form all weekend and gave himself a great shot at a result in the race by qualifying an excellent third ahead of Bottas. People expected the Williams to be better around Silverstone but to be much faster than Ferrari was a surprise to a few. Young Felipinho Massa once again predicted that his dad would finish the session in third, just as he had two weeks ago in Austria!

Williams Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil celebrates as he steps out of his car after coming in third place in the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo

Bottas was told by Williams he could overtake Massa down the Hanger Straight if he thought he could, but he just couldn’t get around the sister car of Massa’s. Sadly for Massa his race was on a downward curve as soon as the Silverstone circuit became wet and Rosberg breezed past him as the rain worsened. He still managed to fend off his team-mate rather easily in the damp conditions but Williams poor pace in the wet cost them both a place to Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and Williams went from potential winners to also rans within a few short laps.

It was a sad way to end the day for Massa and Williams, they could easily have been the ones lifting that beautiful gold cup ending Williams winning drought which still spans back to that famous May day back in 2012. A missed opportunity indeed.

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