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GP Week : Issue 199
A potential contest in among the 3-4 -5 -6 zone fell away for Williams later in the race as the car’s seeming sensitivity to tyre degradation came in to effect. In his first week at the team, as Head of Vehicle Performance, Rob Smedley was clear as to the next objectives: “Overall I am extremely happy. We finished the weekend with both cars in the points, and good points too. To start in third and finish in eighth for Valtteri is a bit frustrating, but that's racing and we have to accept that. There are many positives still to take, one thing we do need is a little bit more race pace. “T he team worked ver y well together from strategy to pitstops, the change over the last 12 months has been very encouraging. There is still a lot of work to do but I'm ver y impressed with the quality of people here.” Felipe Massa confirmed the team’s position: “The start was fantastic, I did everything right and I had good grip and it all went well. We were in a good position and fighting but sadly the tyre degradation was worse than we expected. “T he Safety Car didn't help the strategy as I think we should have been up with the Force Indias rather than behind the Red Bulls, so that is a shame. Other than that it was a good race, with some good battles and to finish with both cars in the points is really positive.” The two of us, together again, naturally 33 GPWEEK.com // 33 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BAHRAIN PARTNERS: