Massa: For me it was like a victory

Sunday 18-November-2012 22:16

Felipe Massa may have done it for Fernando Alonso, however, he admits he "was not happy" about the decision to take a penalty ahead of the US GP.

In the build-up to the grand prix, Ferrari intentionally broke the seal on the Brazilian's gearbox earning him a five-place penalty.

It was done in order to put Alonso on the clean side of the grid as the title contender was set to start P8 with Massa P6. Instead they started seventh and 11th.

Massa, though, put that aside and put in an impressive showing to race to fourth place, finishing behind his team-mate.

"I think it was maybe the best race of the season," he told the BBC. "For me, it was like a victory."

As for the penalty, he said: "It's impossible to see a driver happy with giving away five positions just to help your team-mate or your team, but we know how important that is."

And the Brazilian, who is set to remain with Ferrari for next season, let the team know just what they have in him.

"We know it's not easy to find another driver who would do that," he added. "I think that's the most honest direction to take."

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