Felipe Massa finished fourth in todayís Australian Grand Prix
Starting in third and opting for a one-stop strategy, Felipe lost a place to the Ferrari of Vettel after being jumped at the first pitstop, but after that showed consistent pace to bring the car home with 12 points to start the 2015 season.
Valtteri Bottas was unable to race following a lower back injury sustained during qualifying. Following an evaluation by the FIAís medical team and following a series of tests the FIA Medical Delegate deemed him unfit to take part in todayís race.
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: Itís always difficult to compete with only 50% of your armoury with Valtteri having to miss the race, so today was about damage limitation in the Constructorsí Championship and we have managed to come away only a few points behind Ferrari which is a decent result. The team worked very well as a unit all weekend; the pitstop was good and so was the work on the pitwall. We made a decision to pit early because Vettel was a bit quicker behind us, but unfortunately this didnít pay off for us. We are in a really competitive battle with the teams around us so this race is a marker for the rest of the season. We need to continue improving the car and getting maximum performance from what is a strong package.
Felipe Massa: The aim of today was start the season with a solid points haul and demonstrate that we have a competitive car. We have managed to achieve much of what we wanted so this has been a positive start. The only disappointing part of the race was that I was jumped at the first pitstop by Vettel after losing a second and a half behind Ricciardo on my out-lap which was enough to lose the position. I have faith in the team and the car and we head to Malaysia knowing we are very much in the fight.
Valtteri Bottas: I have done a lot of work since the issue with my back came in qualifying to get myself ready, starting treatment immediately, so the news that I couldnít race today was obviously disappointing but I respect the decision. I now have two weeks until the next race to receive further treatment to ensure I will be back to full fitness and even stronger in Malaysia. Iím very eager to get back in the car and race because the FW37 is looking competitive and Iím confident we can fight for podiums.
Track Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne Weather Cool and Dry
Lap Length 5.303kms/3.295 miles Temperature Air: 17-19įC Track: 29-38įC
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap (fastest Lap) Grid Pitstops
1. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:31:54.067 (1:30.945) 1 1 (25)
2. N. Rosberg Mercedes +1.360 (1:31.092) 2 1 (26)
3. S. Vettel Ferrari +34.523 (1:31.457) 4 1 (24)
4. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING +38.196 (1:31.719) 3 1 (21)
DNS. V. Bottas WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING - - -