Massa struggles to explain tyre woes
21 April 2013 – Felipe Massa was left downcast following a poor result in this afternoon’s Bahrain Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver finished well down the order in 15th after experiencing a catalogue of problems, including a first-lap collision with the Force India of Adrian Sutil, and two suspected tyre delaminations that forced him onto a four-stop strategy.
Massa was the only driver in the top ten to start on the Hard compound tyres after a successful strategy gamble in qualifying, and had looked set to be a dark-horse in the battle for the victory. But the Brazilian failed to capitalise on his supposedly longer-lasting rubber, coming in early for Mediums on Lap 10, and was at a loss to explain his Ferrari's greater-than-expected tyre degradation throughout the race.
"In the first instance it was probably delamination on the right rear and in the second it might have been due to a puncture. Now we must try and understand exactly what happened and immediately turn our attention to the next race."
Massa sits fifth in the championship standings after Sunday's race, trailing team-mate Fernando Alonso by 17 points, and 47 behind current leader Sebastian Vettel.