• Canadian Grand Prix

Massa struggles to hide anger

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa lost the nose of his Ferrari while trying to lap Narain Karthikeyan © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa said he was angry with Narain Karthikeyan following the Canadian Grand Prix, after he spun into the barriers while trying to lap the HRT towards the end of the race.

Massa looked in the running for a podium until he lost control of his Ferrari on a damp part of the circuit while trying to lap Karthikeyan. The nose of the Ferrari brushed the wall, forcing Massa to pit for a new front wing assembly immediately afterwards and dropping him down the order before he fought back to sixth.

"I can't draw much satisfaction from this sixth place, given the potential we had here," Massa said. "My chances of finishing on the podium and also of fighting for the win given how things went, just evaporated when I was passing Karthikeyan. He was going very slowly on the dry line but then, as I was passing him on the wet, he accelerated and I lost control of the car ending up in the wall. Thanks to the next Safety Car, I was able to catch up to the pack and then, in the end, I passed a few cars to get as high as sixth. I am angry, there is no point denying it."

Massa drew some positives from the performance of the Ferrari on the wet tyres.

"We qualified well and we were in the top three up until the red flag," he added. "Then what happened happened and it was all over. I am pleased with how the car performed, both on the extreme wets and on the slicks, but with the intermediates, I was struggling a bit. Now we go to Valencia, a track where we can be competitive, given its characteristics are fairly similar to here. We will have the medium tyres, that we tested here on Friday: we will see what sort of grip levels they give us."