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Massa: I couldn't stop the car from spinning

Early Nurburgring exit for Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa was 'very disappointed' after spinning out of the German Grand Prix and he has vowed to do his utmost now to turn things around in Hungary later this month.

The Brazilian started seventh at the Nurburgring, but on lap 4 lost control of his Ferrari F138 at Turn 1, when it snapped suddenly to the left.

He then stalled it and was unable to continue, in the process notching up his second DNF of the 2013 F1 season.

“I am very disappointed with what happened, especially after the rest of the weekend had gone well,” Massa said.

“At the start of lap four, when I was on the straight, at the moment when I braked, the rear wheels locked up and I couldn't stop the car from spinning.

“When the car came to a stop, it was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn't stop the engine from stalling. It's very odd that it got stuck like that, even if so far, the team has not seen anything unusual.

“The Mediums did not have the pace we expected after Friday's free practice, but maybe other factors, such as the higher temperatures, came into play and made the difference.

“Now I want to focus on the next race - the Hungarian Grand Prix - when I plan to do my utmost to turn things around,” he added.

Ferrari technical director, Pat Fry meanwhile reckoned a lack of grip was to blame for Massa's spin: “I am sorry for Felipe, who had made another great start, but unfortunately he locked up the rear wheels under braking and spun, possibly because of the lack of grip.”




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07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 spins
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07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race
07.07.2013-  Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138 retires from the race

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LJ

July 09, 2013 7:28 AM

Seriously, what is wrong with this guy? Crashes in Monaco, Canada, Britain and then he spins off during the race for in Germany. The majority of the accidents were his fault, yet he came up with some BS excuses for most of them.

ian mcinnes

July 09, 2013 8:23 AM

Totally agree with LJ s comments above. Ferrari cannot even say they are trying for the constructors title as he is scoring no points. I think it is time for him to say he is retiring. Get Paul di Resta in that car, at least he drives his hat off, but seems to have been let down by a few odd things from his team. So Ferrari tank Massa for all his help over the years and let him go, and get Di Resta, and start getting two cars to finish a GP and score some points.



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