'Risky' strategy rewards Massa with P7
26 May 2014 – Williams driver Felipe Massa put his woes in qualifying behind him and made a 'risky' strategy work to take seventh place in the Monaco Grand Prix.
Massa lined-up in a lowly 16th place on the grid after having to sit out Q2 as a result of the incident with Marcus Ericsson. The Caterham driver was subsequently punished by the stewards and made to start from the pit lane. That, however, didn't change where Massa was on the grid, although in the end the Brazilian recovered well.
Indeed in contrast to most, he didn't stop under the second Safety Car period, but instead kept going until lap 45, a decision that paid dividends and rewarded him with his third points' finish of the season and also his third seventh place.
"I am very happy with seventh after starting 16th on the grid," Massa said. "I took some risks when I changed strategy at the safety car and had to make my tyres last, which they did. I made the most of the opportunities I had with other cars making mistakes or retiring."
"Many things could have happened so I am pleased they worked out for the best," he added. "[In the end] a tough weekend turned into a positive one."
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas meanwhile saw his run of five points finishes in succession come to an end due to a power unit issue. The Finn had again looked to be on for a top-ten until that failure on lap 50. It was his first retirement of the season.