The Brazilian speedy, Felipe Massa says he was “f***ing pissed off” Williams had to start the season with only one car, teammate Valtteri Bottas to make a habit of missing the opportunity to win valuable points after the Finn skipped the Australian GP with a back pain.
Second-half of the last season Williams made a huge improvement, ending the season third in the standings and second fastest in terms of pace behind the Champions Mercedes. This year Williams are a bit down on pace, but Massa still believes he can succeed with the Grove team.
“Sometimes people think ‘OK in the first race you raced alone and Valtteri wasn’t there so you were happy’,” Massa told F1i Magazine.
“I was not happy, I was f***ing pissed off because we know how important points are for the championship and I want to see the team at the top.
“Honestly, I’m not in the position anymore just to fight with my team-mate, maybe doing something to beat them. I’m here to bring experience and to bring responsibility to give the best I can to the team.”
Referencing the lack of an intra-team battle he has with Bottas, Massa insists it is an approach he also had at Ferrari which was a necessity alongside Fernando Alonso.
When F1i asks if he played tricks against his team-mate at Ferrari, Massa admits: “No, I think I lost because of that as well.
“But if I changed my style at Ferrari maybe I was not going to be there for so long, maybe they would have fired me before. So what I did at Ferrari I think was totally correct, I used my intelligence to stay there and wait for the right moment to leave, which is what happened, fortunately.”