28 June 2013
British Grand Prix: Massa disappointed with practice accident
Felipe Massa: At the exit of the corner, I found myself on a piece of track that was still very damp and I lost control of the car...
Felipe Massa has expressed his disappointment after he binned his car in practice for the 2013 F1 British Grand Prix.
Massa went off around 20 minutes into the second session, when he lost his Ferrari F138 exiting Stowe and ended up in the barriers.
It was a blow for the Brazilian, especially given wet conditions made the opening session at Silverstone today all but academic.
“I am very disappointed about what happened today as the accident cost me valuable time, especially in terms of getting an understanding of the tyre behaviour here at Silverstone,” Massa explained. “At the exit of the corner, I found myself on a piece of track that was still very damp and I lost control of the car: at that time, the prototype Hard Pirellis that we could use today, were not yet up to temperature and I couldn't avoid the impact.
“Luckily, the car only suffered slight front end damage and tomorrow we will comfortably be able to pick up where we left off with the work.”
Despite his problems though, Massa believes the Scuderia are still looking good and was encouraged by the performance of team-mate Fernando Alonso, even if the Spaniard was only tenth quickest.
“On a long run, Fernando's car went well and even if the low temperatures probably didn't help, the improved weather expected tomorrow gives us reason to be optimistic,” Massa continued. “I am certain that together we will try our best to improve so that we can take the fight to our main rivals”
Ferrari technical director, Pat Fry meanwhile was apologetic about the lack of action in FP1: “I'm sorry for the fans who packed the circuit today, who did not get to see the show they were expecting, because of the rain. In the morning, track conditions were extremely difficult and with the few sets of tyres available, we preferred to stay in the pits, as did almost all the other teams.”
“In the afternoon, we tried to catch up the time we had lost,” Fry continued. “Alongside the usual task of finding the best set up to suit the tyres, we also worked on the development and mapping of the aerodynamics.
"Tomorrow, we can expect different temperatures and therefore conditions that will be more favourable to carrying out a proper evaluation of the car set-up and of all the details which can influence its behaviour over both a short and long run”.
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