F1 »

F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Massa out to repeat Williams Austria trick

Felipe Massa sees the Austrian Grand Prix as one of the races Williams as an ideal opportunity to battle for the podium as he aims to fire up his campaign.
Felipe Massa sees the Austrian Grand Prix as one of the races Williams as an ideal opportunity to battle at the front after the British team's record at Spielberg as he looks to fire up his 2016 campaign.

With speculation circling about his future at Williams after Jenson Button has been linked with a move, Massa is targeting his first podium of the season at the same track he claimed his opening rostrum in 2015.

Since Spielberg returned to the F1 calendar in 2014 Massa has also claimed a pole position as well as a podium and thanks to Williams' impressive run of results he is aiming for a repeat and act as the strongest challengers to the dominant Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

“I've had some great races in Austria over the previous two years,” Massa said. “Last year I was on the podium in third. The year before, we had a pole position and second on the grid. Valtteri finished on the podium and I finished fourth. That shows it's a good track for our car and we are normally very competitive.

“I hope we have another year like that. There are some good straights for the power unit, mixed with some high-speed corners.”

Massa also says the unique setting of the Austrian mountains make it a special venue to return to. The Brazilian driver is one of just four drivers still on the F1 grid who competed at Spielberg under its A1 Ring-guise before its 10-year hiatus from F1 until the rebranding as the Red Bull Ring in 2014.

“As a place, it's somewhere I really enjoy visiting,” he said. “We normally stay in a hotel which is like an old castle, so that's interesting and different to normal. The people are always really enthusiastic about Formula One, so it's always nice to come here.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
10.06.2016 - Free Practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
Sebastian Vettel, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, ROC [Credit: ROC]
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after winning the 2017 Race of Champions title in Miami [Pic credit: ROC]
Race of Champions 2017, action [Pic credit: ROC]
Juan Pablo Monotya. Race of Champions 2017, action [Pic credit: ROC]
2017 Race of Champions line-up in Miami [Pic credit: ROC]
George Russell, Mercedes junior programme, [Credit: Mercedes]
Kevin Magnussen - Haas F1 Team [credit: Haas F1 Team]
Valtteri Bottas, Nico Rosberg
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas
Motorsport in 30 Seconds, 11th January 2017
Ayrton Senna - McLaren. 1993 Donington Park
Nico Hulkenberg - Renault Sport F1
Renault Formula One Team, launch date, [Credit: Renault F1]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.