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Massa and Di Resta lose out through team strategies

Despite turning in strong performances at the Australian GP, Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Force India's Paul di Resta both felt they'd lost out in Melbourne.
Felipe Massa may have finished in fourth place in Melbourne in the first race of the 2013 F1 world championship and Paul di Resta a strong eighth place, but both men were less than happy after the Australian Grand Prix when it seemed that they lost out on even better results because of their respective teams' strategies.

In Massa's case, it was due the timing of the second round of pit stops for himself and Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso, while the two cars were circulating behind then-race leader Sebastian Vettel.

"I'm not pleased," said Massa after the race. "When you are there fighting with a car and I was second and close to Sebastian and then suddenly a car behind stops..."

He admitted that he'd been caught out by Alonso's early stop, which allowed the Spaniard to leapfrog him when Massa's turn to pit came three laps later, by which point Alonso's run on fresh tyres and clear track had allowed him to pull out enough of a gap over the second Ferrari.

"He stopped pretty early to be honest," Massa said. "Looking at the degradation we had on Friday we had 15 laps on the tyre and he stopped after lap 11 on the tyre. It was a risk [for Alonso], but it worked," he admitted.

"The track improved after and it was much better to keep the pace with more rubber on the track and he didn't have any car in front," he continued. "You are always a little bit disappointed to lose two positions and then after I was always behind and trying to overtake and I was using a lot the tyres as well."

Despite missing a trick on Sunday, it was Massa's best start to a new F1 season since 2010 with the Brazilian looking back to his old form and the new F138 car looking impressively strong.

"I'm happy and the way we started the season was very positive. "If you compare to most of the teams it shows that our job to prepare the car over the winter was really good and in the right direction."

Paul di Resta meanwhile had an unspectacular but efficient run for most of the Grand Prix at Albert Park, while his Force India team mate Adrian Sutil had stolen the spotlight with his run at the lead of the race, thanks to running a completely different tyre and pit top strategy.





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jim crint - Unregistered

March 18, 2013 4:38 PM

I'm not into conspiracies but I think Massa got royally stuffed by Ferrari yesterday! To leave him out that long was clearly not the thing to do. But at least Massa showed his form from the latter part of last year has continued and he's going to give Alonso something to think about this year!



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