Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa will never forget yesterday’s qualifying session as he scored his first pole position since 2008’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Massa planted his Williams FW36 Hybrid on the front row of the grid alongside his teammate Valtteri Bottas, giving Williams its first front row lockout since 2003 at Hockenheim.

“I’m so happy with what has happened,” Massa said afterwards. “It’s a very long time since I had my last pole position.

“First place is something that I got the chance to be many times in my career. Now I am here again, after a long time that I couldn’t be in this place. I hope it’s just the beginning of great possibilities,” he added.

The Brazilian, who moved from Ferrari to Williams during the off-season, finally got his breakthrough pole position and is on course for his first victory since 2008 at Interlagos where he lost the championship by one point to McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who had an error-ridden qualifying session in his Mercedes.

For Massa, this is a moment he will cherish forever.

“Today is a day I won’t forget and it’s the first time my son has seen me get pole so emotions are high,” the Williams driver said. “It’s an incredible moment for me, but the whole team is feeling it too.

“It’s very emotional. I think it’s similar to how Williams feels. Williams had an incredible career in the past and now they’re back on top, in the fight. There is a long way to go but I’m so pleased for me and the team.”

While Williams might have locked out the front row, the result is perhaps more on account of the poor luck suffered in the Mercedes camp rather than outright pace from the FW36 – that will force Massa and Bottas to spend much of Sunday’s 71-lap race looking in their mirrors.

“There is a lot to do and we have a very strong Mercedes behind us,” Massa added.

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8