Massa changes wing, to start from pits

Massa changes wing, to start from pits

3 July 2016 – Felipe Massa has been forced to start the Austrian Grand Prix from the pit lane, along with Daniil Kvyat, after Williams discovered damage on his new-specification front wing.

Massa ran the new wing for the first time during Saturday's final practice session at the Red Bull Ring, and continued with it through qualifying, in which he placed 10th.

However, during post-session checks, Williams found an issue and opted to switch back to the older-specification design for the race, meaning he will be sent to the pit lane.

"We found structural damage on Felipe's new spec front wing and are not prepared to race it on safety grounds," Williams posted via its official Twitter account shortly before the race.

"He will start from the pit lane with the previous spec front wing."

Kvyat is also starting from the pit lane for taking on a new chassis.

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