Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has stated that Felipe Massa should have emerged victorious at this year’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Brazilian suffered from issues with his damper system which saw him retire from the race.
Daniel Ricciardo would eventually win the hectic Grand Prix, but Lowe believes that without his car troubles, it would have been Massa on the top step in Baku. While several drivers (including the Force India duo) claim they could have won, Lowe says analysis show Massa was in the prime position.
Front-runners Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel both were forced to make unscheduled trips to the pitlane for a headrest change and 10 second time penalty respectively.