F1 »

Hungarian Grand Prix: Rosberg clash compromised Massa's race

Felipe Massa said that his first lap clash with Nico Rosberg hampered his race with front wing damage and left him struggling to maintain eighth position.
Felipe Massa's first lap clash with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg affected his Ferrari's handling for the rest of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Brazilian revealed after the race on Sunday.

"Today's race was difficult from start to finish, because right from the first lap, at turn 5, after making contact with Rosberg, I lost the left part of the front wing," he explained.

"At that time, stopping to change the nose would have lost valuable time," he added. "So we decided not to come in, but from then on, the balance of the car was never the same.

"I lost a lot in terms of performance, suffering a lot with understeer and oversteer and my tyres degraded more than they should have done," he summed up.

Ferrari's head of technical direction Pat Fry said he was pleased by the efforts of both the team's drivers in trying conditions at the Hungaroring on Sunday: "Both drivers did their utmost, especially Felipe, who from first lap onwards had to drive with a damaged front wing."

The impact on the F138's handling didn't stop Massa fighting to maintain position throughout the afternoon, however - including a close battle with Romain Grosjean which ended with the Lotus getting past on the climb up the hill into turn 4.

It was a move that cost Grosjean a drive-thru penalty as he went off the track limits in the process, a sanction that even Massa thought was unfair on the Frenchman in the circumstances.

"I think it's wrong if he took the penalty for what he did with me," Massa said. "It was not really wrong. I don't think he went four wheels outside, I thought it was only two. No complaints from me."

Massa eventually came home in eighth place, one spot back from where he'd started the race nearly two hours earlier. Although in the points it was nonetheless a disappointing reward for the day's exertions on the scorching heat of Budapest.

"I definitely can't be happy with eighth place, because both in the race and in qualifying, we lacked the pace to fight for the lead," said Massa. "For various reasons, this track doesn't suit our car, but it's precisely because things can change from track to track that we must absolutely stay focused now.

"From now on we will concentrate on the development and on the preparation of the second part of the championship, when I hope we can be more competitive," he added.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
28.07.2013- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
28.07.2013- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
28.07.2013- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
28.07.2013- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F138
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW36
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Press conference, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
24.08.2014- Race, 1st position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB10, 2nd position Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 and 3rd position Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW36 with Adrian Newey (GBR), Red Bull Racing , Technical Operations Director
24.08.2014- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM07 and Jules Bianchi (FRA) Marussia F1 Team MR03
24.08.2014- Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T
24.08.2014- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari F14-T and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-29

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.