Disappointed Massa losing grip

Monday 10th May 2010

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Disappointed Massa losing grip

Disappointed Massa losing grip

Felipe Massa was left disappointed with his sixth place in the Spanish GP, unable with his car's lack of grip and the general lack of pace.

Starting ninth of the grid, Massa made his way up to seventh place off the start but from there on found himself unable to pass former Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher.

And after the first and only round of pit stops, it was Jenson Button's rear wing that he got to know rather well.

There was a bit of drama for the Brazilian, though, as he was hit the back of Karun Chandhok on Lap 25, damaging his own front wing.

The team, though, were quick to inform him that although there was damage it was not causing havoc on his pace, thereby opting to leave Massa out instead of pitting for repairs.

He eventually finished in sixth place, thanks largely to the demise of Lewis Hamilton, however, admitting that P6 was not what he had hoped for.

"It was a difficult race. I got a good start but then I was always behind other cars and I never managed to run at a constant pace," Massa said.

"Once again, the main difficulty was a lack of grip, especially in the third sector: every time it looked as though I might close on Button, he managed to get away from me over some sections of the track.

"We must work to improve the car's performance and there is no doubt about it. Even though we brought home a good number of points, I can't be happy with the way things went this weekend.

"When I touched a backmarker, the left front wing end plate got broken, but the handling of the car was not affected much. If I'd returned to the pits to change the nose, I would have lost at least three places, so the decision to stay out on track was the right one.

"Now we immediately head for Monaco, my second home race, given that I live a few hundred metres from the track. We will have different tyres to here and I hope we go back to finding ourselves in a more favourable situation, at least from my point of view."

After five races, Massa is sixth in the Drivers' Championship, 21 points behind Championship leader Jenson Button.

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