Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa says he was so happy with his final qualifying of his Formula One career.

The Brazilian who will start his final Formula One race on Sunday before retiring for the second and final time will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 10th place on the grid having set a fastest Q3 time of 01:38.550s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:

I’m so happy with the qualifying and with my lap. I just managed to get to Q3 and I got the best out of the car. I’m finishing with my head held high, and showing that I’m at the top of competitiveness. I’m so happy with what I achieved and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow’s race. Some points would be great!

Lance Stroll in the second endured a tough session with the Canadian starting the final race of his first season in Formula One from 15th place having set a qualifying time of 01:39.646s.

Speaking following the session, Stroll commented by saying:

It wasn’t the perfect day and not a great qualifying. I never really got into it. I just couldn’t get the balance right and drive the car the way I wanted. It was hard as we still have the disadvantage of the old power unit after the change in Brazil. I also made too many little mistakes and I don’t think we were in the window for the tyres. I locked up in the last corner and lost it there on the first lap, and on the second lap there was a lot of traffic, and I was slower than I planned in the last sector. We need to understand why this happens over the winter, to try and improve our Saturdays. I am not saying it is the end of the world as tomorrow is another day and we have started further back this year and come through to score some good points.

Williams Martini Racing’s Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe commented by saying:

Today, one of the main focuses was on Felipe’s last Formula One qualifying. It’s tough out there competing in the midfield to get those places in Q3 and he did a tremendous job to achieve that. It was very difficult conditions with changing temperatures and the way that affects the tyres to try and make the tyres last through all three sectors. Putting that perfect lap together is really difficult, but we saw on Felipe’s final lap he did a great job, even just looking at the last corner. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough of an improvement to move up from tenth, but it was a great lap all the same. On Lance’s side, it has been a tough day for him trying to put the right lap together and we saw that in qualifying. He was able to get through into Q2 but wasn’t able to improve from there, however tomorrow is the race and we have potential to get points with both cars which is our ambition.


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