Felipe Massa says fifth and sixth was the maximum Williams could achieve in the Chinese Grand Prix.
The two Williams team-mates started fourth and fifth on the grid, but Massa and Valtteri Bottas both lost out to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen on the opening lap.
Massa, who also dropped behind Bottas, managed to repass the Finn at the first round of stops, but admits that Williams did not have the pace to trouble Mercedes and Ferrari in Shanghai.
“We had a good race today and I managed to get the most out of the car,” he said.
“The team performed very well but we just don’t have the raw speed to catch the cars in front.
“I will work on my start as that is really the only thing that went wrong for us. We have scored the most amount of points available to us today.”
Bottas came home sixth, and admits Williams has plenty of work to do before it can challenge its rivals.
“It was a lonely race for me today,” said the Finn. “I struggled for race pace throughout, but as a team we got the best result we could have achieved.
“I would have liked to have kept Kimi behind for longer after getting in front of him at the start, but he made a good move on me to retake the position.
“There is quite a bit of work to do to catch the cars ahead, but it’s only race three, so there is plenty of time.”
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