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GP Week : Issue 200
It was again a case of 'so near yet ...' for Williams with potential pace stunted by, in one case, a clumsy wheel-change; in the other a technical handicap – no telemetry. Valtteri Bottas joined Nico Rosberg in having to complete the race without car-pit telemetry – an unwanted distraction, so his drive to an eventual seventh was a good one: "It was a good race for me despite some hard contact at the start which cost me a few positions. I also had to drive the whole race without telemetry which isn't the easiest thing to do. We made progress over the whole weekend which is good. It's great to make steps forward and we are looking to do the same in Spain in a three weeks' time." After his strong qualifying effort (below), Felipe Massa’s problems started after his lightning start: " I had another great start today and we were fighting at the top. I felt some contact with Fernando, but luckily the car wasn't damaged so I could carry on. “T here was a mistake at the first pit-stop and that ef fectively lost me the race as I came back out on track in last position. It is a frustrating situation and something we need to work on to make sure that it doesn't happen again.” Rob Smedley was as frustrated as his drivers: " It's bittersweet really as the car was quick. We had a good strategy and the team worked well together. It's a real shame for Felipe and the whole team about the pitstop and it is something that we need to investigate to ensure it doesn't happen again, as it cost us points today. To have one car in the top ten shows that we have the pace and that gives us continued optimism.” Potential unfulfilled 42 GPWEEK.com // 42 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CHINA PARTNERS: