HUNGARORING, 27th July 2014 (F1Plus / Katie Grimmett) - Shortly after his fifth place finish this weekend, Felipe Massa admitted his feelings were mixed as Red Bull and Ferrari displaced a dominant Mercedes duo in Hungary.
Struggling to choose the right tyre strategy this weekend, the Williams racer admitted that the team’s decision cost them a stronger points finish and third place in the constructors’ championship.
Team mate Valtteri Bottas was eighth in the second Williams-Martini model.
“It was damaging to not go onto the options, definitely. I had a good run on the options, much better than anything I did on the medium," he explained post-race.
“I even told the team that the option was a better tyre to work with. There were too many laps to the end. It was a race where we needed to take some risks," he said noting the unexpected podium order this weekend.
Despite his obvious disappointment, Massa did admit his relief at scoring points this weekend and finishing his first Grand Prix since Austria in June.
“I needed to have that clean race. I did give a lot of care on the first lap but anyway, we finished and that’s important," he conceded, now appearing more content with his top ten position.
Summarising his weekend overall, the former Ferrari driver spoke of the pace of his Williams FW36 and the changes required to stay competitive after the lengthy summer break.
“I am relieved to score some points but it is definitely not enough," he continued.
“Today, we didn’t have a competitive car to catch Red Bull or the one Ferrari; the car was not so competitive today, especially not on the medium tyres."
Williams will attempt to regain third place in the constructors’ championship when Formula One returns to Spa-Francorchamps in August