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Top three was possible - Massa

ESPNF1 Staff
June 26, 2010 « Kubica says sixth on the grid a true reflection of pace | »
Felipe Massa said he did not fulfil his potential in qualifying © Getty Images

Felipe Massa believes he could have out-qualified Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton at the European Grand Prix had it not been for traffic on his out-lap in Q3.

Massa had been some way off the pace of his Ferrari team-mate Alonso during practice on Friday, but started to show his true potential in qualifying and secured fifth place on the grid. He said that had it not been for traffic preventing him warming up his tyres on his out-lap, he would have been in the top three.

"Today, we had a good car and the potential was there to do better than this fifth place," said Massa. "In Q1 and Q2, I was very pleased with the handling of my F10, but in Q3 I was not able to improve, mainly because of traffic that prevented me from preparing the tyres properly. It's a shame, because I could have been starting from third place tomorrow: from fifth it will be harder to fight for a podium finish, but the chance is still there within our grasp.

He added that Ferrari's blown diffuser, new to the car this weekend, had made a significant difference to the car's pace.

"The updates the team has brought here contributed to making the car more competitive and they lived up to our expectations: we must continue down this route for the rest of the season."