Williams F1 team was able to keep hold of third place in the Constructors’ Championship thanks to a fifth position scored by Felipe Massa.

His team-mate Valtteri Bottas was unlucky to score points after he dropped from sixth to 11th on the last lap, after he ran out of grip with his tyres.

“After the safety car we moved to a two-stop strategy and in the end the tyres just weren’t able to hold on. In the final lap I had a big lock up in the rear tyres when I was defending and after that I had no grip and cars could easily sweep past,” Bottas said.

His lock up on the last lap allowed the likes of Jean-Eric Vergne, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg, and Kevin Magnussen pass him.

“I also had an issue with the power steering in the final stint and this made it harder to keep the tyres alive as I lost a lot of feeling in the car. If I hadn’t had this issue then I might have been able to go until the end.”

Williams made it no secret that the high-downforce streets of Singapore wasn’t likely to suit their car, however a fifth place secured by Massa was more than they hoped for.

“The drivers did a magnificent job behind the wheel and the team has operated very well all weekend,” Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley said.

“We knew it was going to be damage limitation this weekend and on balance we should be pleased with the result as up until the final few corners, we were set to score the same number of points as our nearest rivals in the Championship. We took a calculated risk with the strategy and this succeeded for Felipe as it kept him ahead of [Kimi] Raikkonen who had a faster car, but with Valtteri it didn’t pay off as he ran out of tyres on the final lap which cost him sixth place.”

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