Williams disappointed to leave Hungary without points

1 Comment

Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa made no secret of their frustration after finishing outside of the points in an eventful Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Both drivers started the race inside the top ten, and although the tight and twisting nature of the Hungaroring did not play to the strengths of the FW37 car, the team still looked set to score some points in the race.

Massa’s day got off to a bad start when he lined up short of his grid slot for the beginning of the race, forcing the officials to call another formation lap.

The Brazilian was handed a five second stop go penalty for his misdemeanor, and struggled on the medium tire before finishing the race in 12th place.

“That was a really challenging day for us,” Massa said. “I got a penalty early on and then the medium tire in traffic didn’t work well for me at all, it was uphill from there on.

“As a team we walked away with no points, which is a blow for the championship, but something we now have to make up for.”

Bottas has been poised to finish in the points, but suffered a puncture after being hit by Max Verstappen following the safety car restart on lap 49. The Finn dropped through the order and was unable to recover, finishing 13th.

“It was a disappointing day to score no points,” Bottas said. “At the start of the race we were running in line with the pace of the car. There were plenty of opportunities to score well, but I suffered a puncture at the wrong time and from then on it was a struggle.

“It is important we move forward from this, have a good rest and arrive fresh and ready for Spa.”

In spite of its non-score, Williams remains third in the constructors’ championship, but did lose a further 25 points on Ferrari in second following Sebastian Vettel’s victory.

Hildebrand enters Indy 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing

Getty Images
Leave a comment

INDIANAPOLIS — J.R. Hildebrand will race in the Indianapolis 500 with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing in a second entry dedicated to the late Dan Gurney.

Hildebrand will pilot the No. 48 as a nod to the number used by Gurney, a racer, car builder and team owner who died in 2018. Hildebrand will be teammates with Sage Karam and his car will be sponsored by Salesforce.com.

Hildebrand has eight previous Indy 500 starts and was leading on the final lap as a rookie in 2011 when he crashed in the final turn. Dan Wheldon slipped past for the victory and Hildebrand finished second.

Hildebrand also drove for DRR last season.

DRR is also fielding the #24 Chevrolet in this year’s Indy 500 for Sage Karam.