Felipe Massa ended his scoreless streak at two Grand Prix on Sunday with a seventh-place finish in Monaco, salvaging Williams’ day after Valtteri Bottas bowed out with a power unit problem after 55 laps.
The Brazilian veteran started 16th on the grid, but managed to move up on the tight Monte Carlo circuit with the help of attrition and a risky strategy.
Massa stayed out on track during the first Safety Car period and had to stretch his super-soft tires for 45 laps before he finally pitted. But the gamble paid off with his first points haul since Bahrain.
“I took some risks when I changed strategy at the safety car and had to make my tires last, which they did,” said Massa, who collected his third P7 showing of the year. “I made the most of the opportunities I had with other cars making mistakes or retiring.
“Many things could have happened so I am pleased they worked out for the best. A tough weekend turned into a positive one.”
With Monaco in the books, Massa is looking forward to the next round in Montreal, which he believes will be better for the team as a whole.
“Our car was not competitive here anyway, it was not the right track for us,” he added to Crash.net. “So I don’t think the pace that we saw here compared to the other cars is the reality for the next races.
“I think we can be more competitive than that.”
Meanwhile, Bottas and Williams were left to ponder over the issue with the Finn’s Mercedes power unit.
“There are some investigations to do to find out exactly what happened,” he said. “After the start, I was quickly in the points so it could have been a good weekend. Felipe finished seventh so the team can walk away with something. We now look towards Canada where we hope to be strong due to the nature of the track.”