Massa frustrated by Safety Car timing
6 April 2014 – Felipe Massa believes that the timing of the Safety Car scuppered Williams's hopes of challenging for the podium in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Massa finished the race in seventh place but had run as high as third following a rapid start.
The Brazilian felt that without the race being neutralised, Williams would have been challenging the Force India drivers rather than being behind the Red Bulls during the closing stages of the race.
"The start was fantastic, I did everything right and I had good grip and it all went well," he said.
"We were in a good position and fighting but sadly the tyre degradation was worse than we expected. The Safety Car didn't help the strategy as I think we should have been up with the Force Indias rather than behind the Red Bulls so that is a shame.
"Other than that it was a good race, with some good battles and to finish with both cars in the points is really positive."
Valtteri Bottas followed his team-mate home in eighth but admits that his race was hindered at the start, when he slipped from third to fifth.
"After a poor start our race strategy was compromised," he said. "I had too much wheelspin and that lost me a few positions which is frustrating.
"We had issues with the tyres that were worse than expected but on a positive note we got some good points from both cars. We always want more though, so we will continue to work hard and look forward to the next race."