Felipe Massa was left somewhat speechless when he became the first driver to score a second victory this season in the Spanish Grand Prix, even if the Brazilian did find the words to thank Michael Schumacher following a dominant lights-to-flag win in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Adding to his triumph in Bahrain, Massa has now almost negated the points he lost in the first two rounds of the season and now sits third in the standings as the man on form.

Belting out a lead of almost seven seconds by the time he rather leisurely crossed the finish line, Massa nonetheless very nearly didn't even make it to the second corner when he was caught up in a clash with Fernando Alonso at the start. Nonetheless, the Brazilian admits he was determined to hold onto the top spot at all costs.

"Fantastic!! I cannot find the words to describe the emotions I feel after such a closely fought race. The duel at the start was very tight: I took some risks but I absolutely did not want to lose position and that meant we touched when he came up the inside of me. Luckily, the car was undamaged, and so I was immediately able to pull away from my pursuers.

"I wanted to get a good lead straight away so that I could manage the situation in the second stint of the race and that's how it went. The F2007 is a great car, but we need to improve further in order to get both cars across the finish line, as our closest rivals have done. Reliability is the key.

With former team-mate and mentor Schumacher visiting the team this weekend, Massa took the time to praise the German for lessons learnt driving alongside him in 2006.

"Once again, I would like to thank Michael for the help he has given me over all these years. His lessons have been useful to me!"

Looking ahead to the next round, Massa is out to make it three wins in a row, but admits the occasionally brutal street circuit makes it difficult to make any kind of predictions.

"Now we come to the Monaco race: it can be something of a lottery there and you need a bit of luck on your side."

 

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