Felipe Massa admitted he couldn't be happy with seventh place after a troubled run in the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian had qualified tenth on the grid at Spa and was hopeful of forward progress on race day, only for an issue at turn one to cost him vital places.

Issues with his steering wheel then led to further problems for the 32-year-old as he had to settle for seventh place and he admitted that the race should have resulted in more.

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"That was a difficult race for me right from the early stages, because after managing a good passing move at the start, I then had to slow and drop back four or five places, to avoid a collision with Grosjean at the exit of the first corner," he said. "From then on, things got complicated because for a few laps I had a problem on the steering wheel linked to the KERS operation and I wasn't able to communicate well with the team.

"When everything was back to normal again, it wasn't easy to catch up, because even if the decision to bring forward the first pit stop allowed me to get past several cars, the pace wasn't good. In the final stint on the Hard tyres, the car was very competitive and I managed to gain some important places, with a nice passing move on Grosjean.

"I definitely can't be pleased with seventh place, because today, our car deserved better, but the fact we're more competitive than at the last few races makes me think we are working in the right direction and so we can hope to make progress throughout the second half of the season."

Technical director Pat Fry meanwhile admitted it had been a tough race for the underfire driver.

"Felipe had a harder time, especially at the start when he got caught up in traffic," he said. "We tried bringing forward his first pit stop to make up some places, but in the end, the time lost at the start prevented him from getting into the top five."