Massa: Sixth place is a really good result
23 September 2013 – Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has said sixth place in Singapore was a ‘really good result’ for him given everything that happened.
Unlike most of the finishers in the top-ten, Massa opted for a three-stop strategy, his final trip to the pits dropping him down to twelfth.
However, he made full use of the fresh rubber over the closing laps, hauling himself back up the order and eventually picking up eight championship points, a result, that combined with the second place of team-mate, Fernando Alonso, helped the Scuderia close on Red Bull Racing in the Constructors’ Championship, albeit by only one point.
“Given everything that happened in today’s race, sixth place is a really good result,” Massa insisted. “After a fantastic start, at the first corner I found myself stuck inside the cars that had braked early and, at that point I lost places instead of making up some.
“From then on, I was always stuck behind other cars and we all know how hard it is to overtake at this track.”
“When the Safety Car came out, we had two options: to fit the Medium tyres, with which we weren’t sure to go all the way to the end, or the Supersofts, to try and regain some places,” he continued. “We went for the second option, but [Paul] Di Resta was ahead of me on the same tyres and so I was stuck behind him.
“In the final stint after the third stop, I managed to retake sixth place, making the most of the fact that many were struggling with their tyres.
“It was tough from start to finish but [overall] I am very happy to have brought home a good points’ haul.”