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GP Week : Issue 224
Having commanded the early part of the race, Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ultimately faded to finish fourth and fifth at silverstone. The pair had jumped well, Massa charging into the lead by the first turn before Bottas moved underneath Lewis Hamilton at the restart to make it a Williams 1-2. But from there the race fell apart. Despite the hopes of many that the Grove team might go on to win its first British Grand Prix since 1997 it's effort fell short. Well short. Team orders instructed Bottas not to challenge Massa at the head of the race, despite the Finn clearly being the faster of the two. His protestations prompted a backflip by the team, by which point the opportunity had gone. All the while Hamilton lay in wait, ready to sieze his opportunity at the first round of stops and undercut both Williams drivers and take the lead. “There were a few moments in the race where things didn't go our way,” confessed the team’s head of performance Rob Smedley after wards. “The pace we showed throughout this weekend was great, we had a stunning race up until the rain came.” Both Massa and Bottas struggled when conditions changed. Nico Rosberg in the second Mercedes was able to pass them both while an overly cautious strategy allowed Sebastian Vettel to take third for Ferrari. “I had a fantastic start and we were fighting with Mercedes the whole time,” Massa explained. “It could even have been possible to win the race if it had stayed dry. “It was a shame to lose positions in the rain,” he added. “We waited one lap longer on the second stop which is where we lost the opportunity to be on the podium. That shower also highlighted the car's weakness in the wet.” Bottas only narrowly clung on to fifth after coming under pressure from Daniil Kvyat in the final lap. The Finn struggled desperately on the intermediate tyre late in the race, though after wards he was more interested in understanding why he’d not been allowed to use his extra pace in the early stages. “We have to have a look the race data and make sure we continue to learn from this,” he said. “I was allowed to race Felipe, but it was hard to get through, and I didn't want to make any mistakes. “In some ways it was an incredibly frustrating race, and others it was very pleasing.” 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BRITAIN PARTNERS: missed opportunity