Massa-Stroll Monza battle was "scary" to watch - Williams

Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll's last lap battle in the Italian Grand Prix was "scary" to watch, says deputy team principal Claire Williams.

Massa-Stroll Monza battle was "scary" to watch - Williams
 Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
 Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Sergio Perez, Sahara Force India VJM10, Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Claire Williams, Williams Deputy Team Principal in the Press Conference
 Lance Stroll, Williams FW40
Lance Stroll, Williams FW40

Stroll, who started second on the grid, was running seventh when he picked up a flat spot, which allowed Massa and Sergio Perez to put pressure on him on the final lap.

The two Williams drivers touched as Massa attacked his teammate while simultaneously trying to defend from Perez, but they all ultimately held position.

"We absolutely let them race and that was probably more to make sure Perez didn't overtake Massa rather than put the pressure on Lance," Williams told Motorsport.com.

"It was a little bit scary the last lap, but we have total trust in Felipe. He's an old hand, he's an experienced drivers and he knows about taking teammates off and the rules around that.

"We had some issues with both cars at the end with some overheating, so I'm glad to get them finishing seventh and eighth."

Massa, who scored points for the eighth time in 13 races this season, felt he was very fair when battling his teammate.

"I had some fight with my teammate," said the Brazilian. "I braked on the left on the main straight. He just moved a little bit too much on my side and we touched wheels, but nothing happened which was good.

"It was a good race for both cars, points are always important."

Stroll's seventh was his fourth points finish of the year, helping him close the gap on his team-mate in the drivers standings to just seven points.

It came after a brilliant qualifying performance, where he was quick through all three segments of a wet session to end up fourth fastest and second on the grid after penalties for the two Red Bulls.

"With Lance qualifying where he did, it's testament to the performance he has," said Williams.

"When he drove the car for the first time in the wet [in qualifying] and did what he did - it was fantastic.

"To have the car to come home where it did, it's a happy way to end the weekend."

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