Massa thrilled by 'perfect' qualifying lap
7 October 2017 – Felipe Massa believed he extracted the maximum performance from his Williams FW40 during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix, describing his Q3 lap as "perfect".
In a mixed qualifying for the WIlliams team, Massa managed to secure a place in the top 10 shootout for only the second time in his last seven races, and qualified in ninth position.
With Williams locked in a battle for fifth place in the Constructors' Championship, Massa has set his sights on a points finish at Suzuka.
"I'm so happy with my qualifying," enthused Massa, who will start eighth due to Kimi Räikkönen's penalty.
"Q1 was a good lap, Q2 was a great lap, and Q3 was just a perfect lap, so I'm really happy with my result.
"We're starting in a great position and you never know what can happen tomorrow in the race. We'll try to get the best we can in terms of points.
"My lap time today was similar to when I was on pole in 2006, just the perfect lap, which gives you a lot of pleasure, so I'm happy with that."
In contrast to Massa, team-mate Lance Stroll was left frustrated by traffic and a red flag for Romain Grosjean's crash, resulting the Canadian qualifying in 18th position.
"That was not a good session," said Stroll.
"I didn't get a lap time as I was blocked on both my push laps, by [Sergio] Pérez and [Pierre] Gasly in the last chicane, and then we got the red flag, so I never got a time and there was no chance to make Q2.
"But that is how it goes and there is nothing I can do about it now, we were just unlucky with the traffic.
"The car felt good all weekend, so it is frustrating, but tomorrow is another day and with the penalties we will make up a couple of places.
"But that is not how we want to gain places, we want to show the potential of the car which we didn't do in that session."
Stewards investigated Pérez for allegedly impeding Stroll but took no further action.