Massa, Bottas disappointed as Williams leaves home race empty-handed

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Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas made no secret of their disappointment after finishing outside of the points at Williams’ home Formula 1 race on Sunday.

Bottas started the British Grand Prix from sixth on the grid, but a rain shower in the lead-up to the race left the track wet, sending the Finn into a spin early on.

Williams’ wet-weather form has left much to be desired in recent years, and it did once again on Sunday as Massa ailed to 11th with Bottas a further three places behind in P14.

“That was a disappointing race. We were trying to fight with so many cars throughout the whole race, but in the wet it was so tricky with oversteer,” Massa said.

“We tried to keep pace and positon, but our tyres were degrading a lot compared to other teams, causing us to drop position and finish outside of the points.

“When the tires were working the pace was OK, even with the medium tire. But once that dropped it was tricky.”

“Today was a disappointing day,” Bottas added. “I spun in the wet and lost positon. The main problem going from the wet tire to the dry tire was not getting enough heat into them to make them work. In the slick stints the pace was poor.

“As a team, it’s important we analyse what happened today. For myself as a driver I need to learn from my mistakes too.

“I’ll be having a day in the simulator tomorrow running through the test programme for this week.”