Massa admits driver error caused spin
8 July 2013 – Ferrari's Felipe Massa has admitted that a driver error caused his spin in the early stages of Sunday afternoon's German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, although the ultimate cause of his retirement was a stalled engine after getting stuck in fifth gear.
Having progressed to sixth at the start, Massa's race came to a premature end on Lap 4, with the Brazilian losing the rear end of his car under braking for the first corner.
"I am very disappointed with what happened, especially after the rest of the weekend had gone well. At the start of Lap 4, when I was on the straight, at the moment when I braked, the rear wheels locked up and I couldn’t stop the car from spinning.
"When the car came to a stop, it was stuck in fifth gear and I couldn’t stop the engine from stalling. It’s very odd that it got stuck like that, even if so far, the team has not seen anything unusual. Now I want to focus on the next race when I plan to do my utmost to turn things around."
In the sister Ferrari, Fernando Alonso went on to finish the race in fourth position.