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Massa: Nothing went to plan

Felipe Massa left to rue a tough race in Valencia
Felipe Massa admitted there was frustration at the way his European Grand Prix had panned out after failing to score on the streets of Valencia.

While team-mate Fernando Alonso went from eleventh on the grid to secure victory for the second time this season, Massa endured a tough race from two places further back – ultimately finishing a lap down in 16th for his worst race finish of the season.

After a solid start, the Ferrari man started to suffer with an ill-handling car on lap eight before then losing further time when the Safety Car was deployed just after he'd pitted.

A collision with Kamui Kobayashi then made Massa's job even harder with the Brazilian admitting it had been a race to forget.

“What do you want me to say, nothing went right!” he said. “From lap eight onwards I started to feel there was something not right at the back of the car and, at the end of the race, the team found some damage that had completely ruined the balance and the aerodynamic downforce level. From being able to attack the Force India, I went to losing a second a lap! I am very disappointed, because I had a good pace and could keep up with the group Fernando was in. Then there was also the collision with Kobayashi and there, any hope I had of finishing in the points evaporated.

“The car was going very well and it was at the level of the best, I am pleased for Fernando, who drove a fantastic race to win, but there's also some bitterness as today could have been very nice for both of us.”

Team boss Stefano Domenicali admitted the race had been a shame for Massa, who had looked set for a strong result through the early laps.

“A shame for Felipe, who really got hit with one misfortune after another,” he said, “first with debris ruining the balance of his car, then with the fact the Safety Car period came immediately after he had pitted and finally, the collision with Kobayashi.

“He had started in fine style and had everything in hand to get a really good result.”

Massa's failure to score means he stays down in 16th in the championship, with only Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo having scored fewer points; aside from those drivers with the three new teams.

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June 26, 2012 9:14 PM

@Rashan, no doubt only, equaled by Mac's most expensive car jack in the world breaking, and yet another wheel nut problem. Can you imagine if Mclaren was still refueling? They would burn down the entire track! Every time Mac pits I hear the Benny Hill Theme.

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