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An important race ended in tenth place for Felipe Massa, with the Brazilian having made a crucial error when charging through the pack in the early stages of the Canadian Grand Prix. Shortly after rising to the top five by passing Nico Rosberg, the Ferrari driver spun as he carried too much speed into Turn 1.
“I am angry with myself for the mistake,” he said after the race. “I lost touch with the quickest group and then my tyres were vibrating too much, which meant I had to pit early. Then I tried to extend the next stint of the race as much as possible, even hoping not to stop again. Unfortunately, towards the end I did have to make a second stop because they were almost down to the canvas.
“Maybe bringing forward the final stop could have got me ahead of Kobayashi again, but it would not have changed much after that. I am disappointed because we showed we were competitive with our main rivals; we are there now, fighting with them, which was not the case just a few races ago.”
The Paulista now hopes to carry this momentum into Valencia, where he won the inaugural street race four years ago.
“Tenth place definitely doesn’t reflect our potential,” he begins to sum up. “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 - and that has to be a confidence boost for the rest of the season.”
Seven races into the 20-Grand Prix campaign, Massa sits 14th in the drivers’ standings and with just 11 points to his name from a maximum of 175.
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