Felipe Massa labels Budapest 'second or third worst track' for Williams
Felipe Massa has labelled the Hungaroring as the “second or third worst track” for Williams, though remains optimistic of capturing a top 10 result.
Williams has struggled in recent years at the Hungarian Grand Prix, failing to score a point in 2015, while last season Valtteri Bottas was the team’s highest classified runner in ninth.
“It is a tricky track, this is clear, the worst track is Monaco, this maybe is the second or third worst track for us,” he said.
“We will try, you never know, maybe [as] it’s a different car, different rules… I don’t believe it will be so negative as in the last years but we need to wait and see.”
Rookie team-mate Lance Stroll commented: “I don’t think we need to be negative, we shouldn’t write it off before it [the weekend] starts.
“It’s not as appealing as a track like Monza! But you never know, I’ve had a lot of surprises this year.
“I went to some circuits where I didn’t think from my side I’d be competitive and for some reason the car clicked, the track clicked and it seemed to work.
“We’ve just got to see what happens when we jump in tomorrow and go from there.”
Stroll nonetheless feels Williams has to become a more consistent performer this year.
“We’re not where we want to be every weekend,” he said.
“A lot of that is due to different tracks, tracks that suit our car, some tracks just don’t work with our car.
“We’re working on it, it’s not ideal, sometimes we’re comfortably in Q3, other tracks we’re struggling to get out of Q1 and we need to fix that.”