"Everyone was trying to run the tyres right to the limit in the first stint to avoid ending up behind slower cars," added Pat Fry, head of race track engineering. "If we had brought our drivers in one lap early, maybe it would have been a different scenario, instead of finding ourselves behind Rosberg in the Mercedes, which is always one of the hardest cars to pass. On top of that, traffic in the pit lane itself cost Felipe two very important seconds.
"In the second stint, Fernando was very quick and so we left him out on track for a few laps longer, which meant he got ahead of Felipe. With a clear track ahead of him, the Spaniard showed what the car could do, but by then it was pretty much too late to attack the cars ahead."
Now the team heads off to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in two weeks time, a prospect that Felipe Massa found particularly exciting.
"I don't know the country and I am very curious to see what it's like," he said. "I think it has a lot in common with Brazil, given that both are going through a period of strong growth."