A refuelling error was largely to blame for Felipe Massa's failure to make it into the top ten shootout in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Brazilian being forced to start down in 14th position.

One of the worst circuits on which to qualify lowly thanks to its lack of readily available overtaking opportunities, Massa had already completed a scruffy lap, defined by a mistake in the final bend, to warrant another flying attempt once he had pitted for fuel and tyres.

However, a fuel rig problem saw Massa attempt to leave the pit lane having not taken on any additional petrol prompting him to stop midway down the pit lane and be wheeled back into his box to rectify the situation.

It was in vain though because while Massa had enough time to start a final lap, the Brazilian struggled to get his tyres warmed up, meaning he actually posted a slower lap time than his first tainted run.

Indeed, Massa admits it was a frustrating turn of events, particularly as he believed he had the pace to qualify inside the top three, if not on pole position.

"What happened in Q2 is very frustrating. I made a mistake at the final corner on my first run, but then, when I came back to the pits, there was a misunderstanding over refueling and they let me go without fuel. That's why I stopped and had to be pushed back to our area by the mechanics. I went back out again, but the tyres were very cold and I was not able to do a time good enough to stay in the top ten.

"Tomorrow, I expect a very difficult race, as this is one of the worst places to start from a long way back. I will try and do my best and to get the car home as high up the order as possible. From what we have seen today, I don't think I could have been on the front row, but third place would have been a realistic target. Now we have to look at ways of using strategy to improve our situation. It's a shame starting this far back given that the car has a very good race pace."

 

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