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Massa: I couldn't stop the car from spinning

8 July 2013

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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