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Massa angry at himself for turn 1 spin
11 June 2012
There was no disguising Felipe Massa's annoyance with himself for the mistake that cost him any chance of a decent finish in the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal this weekend.
Massa had started the race well in a feisty spirit, making a lovely DRS-assisted move on Mercedes' Nico Rosberg through the final chicane on lap three to quickly move up to fifth place behind Mark Webber, and looking strong. But three laps on and the Brazilian's hopes for the day went for a costly spin.
"I am angry with myself for the mistake at turn 1," he admitted. "I lost touch with the quickest group and then my tyres were vibrating too much, which meant I had to pit early."
Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali admitted that the team as a whole had made two mistakes in Canada on Sunday. While not covering Sebastian Vettel's late second stop "cost us relatively little, all things considered," Domenicali confessed that "the second came at a higher price, because Felipe, who nevertheless had another good weekend after the one in Monaco, had the pace to stay with the lead group."
"I tried to extend the next stint of the race as much as possible, even hoping not to stop again," Massa said of his attempts to recover from the spin. "Unfortunately, towards the end, I did have to make a second stop, because they were almost down to the canvas."
Massa wasn't even convinced that a different strategy would have fared any better once he'd suffered that early spin. "Maybe bringing forward the final stop could have got me ahead of Kobayashi again, but it would not have changed much after that," he said.
"I am disappointed," he admitted. "Tenth place definitely does not reflect our potential."
"A shame for Felipe, because he showed a good pace," agreed the team's technical director Pat Fry. "[The] mistake early on meant he ended up in traffic and the last of the points places is definitely not the result that was within his grasp this afternoon."
But despite his annoyance over that early mistake, Massa was buoyed by the thought that they were still on the right track following on from their Monaco renaissance.
"We showed we were competitive with our main rivals: now we are there, fighting with them, which was not the case just a few races ago," he said. "Now it is vital we continue to work in this direction: it was a weekend in which we were always fighting for the top places and we have improved in every area.
"That has to be a confidence boost for the rest of the season," he added.
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