Williams endures a “race to forget” in Monaco

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Felipe Massa believes that the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix must go down as “a race to forget” for Williams after the team limped to its first weekend without points since the last race of the 2013 season.

The team had been expected to struggle around the streets of Monaco as the FW37 car is not well-suited to the tighter circuits, but few would have expected its drivers to finish 14th and 15th in the race on Sunday.

Starting from P12, Massa made a good start and looked to break into the top ten, but was hit by Pastor Maldonado and left with damage to his front wing and front tire.

Massa pitted immediately, dropping a lap down on the leaders. From then on, the race became something of a glorified test session for him, and he evenutally crossed the line in 15th place.

“Today was a very frustrating day and a race to forget for us,” Massa said. “My race was effectively over in turn one, with another car pushing me over and I was left with a lot of damage to my tire and front wing.

“The pitstop I had to make on lap one put me right at the back of the pack and I spent the rest of the race looking out for blue flags.

“The car has not had its usual performance all weekend but we know that we are heading to tracks in Canada and Austria that suit our car and we should be back fighting towards the front.”

His teammate, Valtteri Bottas, struggled to bounce back from a disappointing qualifying session that left him 16th on the grid. The Finn crossed the line in 14th place, but remained upbeat after the race.

“This has been a tough weekend that ended in an even tougher race,” Bottas said. “We tried everything to try and get some points but with the pace we had it wasn’t possible today.

“We tried the two-stop strategy which never really came to us, with the safety car coming at just the wrong time. There are not too many positives from the weekend but plenty we can learn from as to why we struggled.

“We know we still have a good car and go to races in the next few weeks where we should be able to demonstrate our true performance.”