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.
"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.