The view from 16th place on the starting grid at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
for the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix
was hardly the most confidence-inspiring way to start on a busy afternoon at the office, but Ferrari's Felipe Massa
got his head down and got to work - with good results.
He picked up three places on the first couple of laps with a strong start to the race, and then continued moving forward until by the time his pit stop call arrive he was already up to eighth place.
"After going off the track yesterday, I knew it wouldn't be easy starting from sixteenth place, but I also knew I had a good car and I tackled the race on the attack, managing to pull off several nice passing moves," he said afterwards.
However, tyre wear thwarted him in the middle of the race and left him thinking that a different strategy could have been the way to go to have really made an impact in the race.
"Because of a problem with graining, I lost precious time behind Sutil in the Force India," he explained. "That's why I think a strategy based on using two sets of medium tyres would have seen me gain at least one or two places.
“I am very happy with my race today, which was a real battle from start to finish," he continued. "Even if I can't be satisfied with this result it was still a positive day, in which we showed we had a good pace and that we were able to fight," he said, adding that it had given a big boost in confidence going into the next Grand Prix at the end of the month at Silverstone.
Team principal Stefano Domenicali was also pleased with the way that Massa had bounced back in Canada after a confidence-battering couple of weeks, which saw him crash twice at Monaco and then end up in the tyre wall in the tricky wet conditions of qualifying in Montreal on Saturday.
"[Felipe] showed exactly what he could do," said Domenicali after Massa worked his way up from 16th place on the grid to finish in the points in eighth. "Managing to bring home points after starting from the back was the best response to those who felt he was affected by the unfortunate incidents of the last few days," he said.
"Felipe fought hard all race long," agreed the team's technical director Pat Fry. "Pulling off several overtaking moves, including a very important one on Raikkonen right at the end. Maybe if we had opted to fit Mediums at his first stop, Felipe could have gained another place," he mused.