Felipe Massa has been left lamenting a loss of power on his Williams FW36 car during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix today, leaving him down in 18th position in the final standings.
The Brazilian driver has enjoyed a promising season with his new team after leaving Ferrari at the end of last year, but it has been marked by a series of unlucky incidents, leaving him short of his deserved points total.
In qualifying at the Sochi Autodrom today, Massa found himself stuck in the Q1 dropzone with a few minutes remaining, and could not improve his lap time due to a loss of power on his Mercedes engine.
As a result, he finished in 18th position at the end of the session, matching his worst qualifying result of the season from the British Grand Prix back in July.
“I’m very disappointed as the car has been looking very competitive at this track and we should have been looking at the second row at least, but a problem with the car in Q1 has pushed us down the grid,” Massa said. “I had no real power throughout qualifying and we were trying different things to resolve this out on track but in the end there was nothing I could do.
“P18 is far from ideal but I know I have the car underneath me to overtake tomorrow so we should have a chance to score points and limit the damage.”
Williams has shown impressive pace throughout the weekend in Sochi, with Valtteri Bottas narrowly missing out on his first pole position in Formula 1. He will start the race from third place on the grid.
You can watch the Russian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 6:30am ET tomorrow.