Lowe: 'The wrong day to not be able to fight for points'

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Williams tech boss Paddy Lowe rued a missed opportunity in Barcelona to score points for the Grove-based outfit and Felipe Massa.

A contact shortly after the start at Turn 2 between the Williams driver and Fernando Alonso sealed the Brazilian's fate, and with it the team's potential top-ten finish.

"It was tough day, particularly with the various incidents at the front, making it a bad day to not be up there in the points," said Paddy Lowe.

"Felipe had a fantastic start and gained several places, but unfortunately he came into contact with Fernando, which caused a front-right puncture.

"That ruined his race. His pace in clean air was very strong, he was matching Daniel (Ricciardo) lap-for-lap on his first stint. I think we had the potential to have a very good result."

Massa was also aware of Sundays lost opportunity to increase his points tally.

" Iโ€™m so disappointed," said the 36-year-old veteran.

"We had a big opportunity to finish fourth today, which I think I could have done because we had good pace. Itโ€™s really painful because we lost so many points today as a team."

The team now sets its sight on Monaco, but for some reason the Prinicpality has never been a rewarding hunting ground for Massa.

"Honestly, it's always been terrible for our team," he said. "Don't ask me why, I don't know. It's a mystery to me."

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