Wet conditions hurting Williams – Massa
29 March 2014 – Felipe Massa says that wet weather conditions so far in 2014 have restricted Williams's chances of exploring their full potential. Massa and team-mate Valtteri Bottas were knocked out in Q2 in Malaysia as the team gambled on Intermediate tyres, before both drivers had to switch to the full Wet tyre.
Massa and Bottas also struggled during damp conditions in Australia and the Brazilian is hoping that the rain stays away for race day in Malaysia.
"In dry conditions we are normally fighting for a top six position and the car feels good, but when it is wet the car lacks grip and can feel unstable with lots of sliding which is something we need to address," said Massa, who will start from 13th.
"It's a shame as this qualifying result is not really reflective of where we should be. The good thing is that the cars seem to be very close in terms of lap time so that will help us overtake tomorrow, and I'm hoping that we have very different weather conditions as the car feels completely different in the dry."
Bottas qualified in 15th place but drops three places after blocking Daniel Ricciardo and admits that Williams must improve their wet weather performance.
"It was a difficult qualifying session for us today and it was very reminiscent of our qualifying in Melbourne," he said. "The more water there was on track the more we struggled with the rear grip of the car. We tried both the Intermediates and the Wets but we just couldn't get the grip we needed from either tyre.
"The wet conditions highlight where our weaknesses are, so we have a clear direction for where we need to improve the car. I still think we have a chance of fighting for some points though if we have a dry race."