Despite car trouble during Saturday's qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa put on a strong showing in Sunday's race.
Massa, who could not progress past the first qualifying session, started from 15th on the grid. Williams engineers found the problem to be in the turbocharger of the Mercedes powerplant. It was fixed, giving Massa a very quick car come raceday.
Massa was thrilled with how it performed, even with WIlliams opting to use a one stop strategy.
“After a challenging qualifying for me yesterday I’m happy with how the race has gone and I’ve picked up some good points. Starting P15 was always going to lead to a busy race and there was a lot of great overtaking and the car had good consistent pace. We managed to have a one stop race and still keep the pace with the option tyre at the end which was fantastic."
He was confident that Williams would continue to put pressure on their more fancied rivals, especially as new upgrades would be arriving for the FW37.
"With the car I had today I could have been fighting for podiums, but all in all this has been a very positive weekend for the team and we should be very competitive in the next few races, especially with some upgrades planned for the car.”
Massa's team-mate Valtteri Bottas managed to finish in third. He became the first non Mercedes or Ferrari driver to achieve a podium this season.