Massa: Fourth possible without puncture
15 May 2017 – Williams driver Felipe Massa says his first-lap puncture "ruined" his Spanish Grand Prix and believes fourth position was within reach.
Massa started from ninth place but worked his way past Sergio Pérez and Fernando Alonso off the line, and gained further spots when Kimi Räikkönen and Max Verstappen collided at Turn 1.
However, Massa and Alonso came together through Turn 2, with the Williams driver sustaining a puncture as Alonso skated through the gravel.
Massa was forced to pit for repairs, dropping towards the back, and later made contact with the other McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne, eventually finishing in 13th place.
"I'm so disappointed," said Massa.
"I had a fantastic start, passing Pérez and Alonso on the straight, and then I got to Turn 1 and saw the incident ahead.
"I then got to Turn 2 and Alonso was suddenly on the outside of the corner, we touched and I picked up a puncture, which ruined my race.
"We had a big opportunity to finish fourth today, which I think I could have done because we had good pace.
"It's really painful because we lost so many points today as a team."
Williams team-mate Lance Stroll slumped to 16th position, as the final classified finisher, amid struggles on the Medium tyres.
"It was not a great race, I have had better ones and I just found it frustrating," he conceded.
"The start was good, as were the first couple of stints on the Soft tyres, and I had a good pace at the beginning, but we just struggled on the Mediums and started to lose grip.
"I didn't feel great in the car and couldn't get it feeling the way I wanted.
"It was just one of those races, but I am sure it will be better next time. At every race I get more and more confident, but this weekend was just a tough one."
Williams' failure to score a point meant it slipped to sixth in the Constructors' Championship.