• German Grand Prix

Massa takes blame for spin

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Felipe Massa sideways at turn one © Sutton Images
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Felipe Massa admitted his spin at the German Grand Prix was down to driver error and that he had to retire after stalling while trying to rejoin the track.

Massa spun off on lap four as he lost the rear under braking for turn one. He said he made a mistake and the car became stuck in fifth gear and stalled.

"I braked at the end of the straight and I locked the rear wheels. The car went sideways to the right, I corrected it but then it slid to the left and then I spun. I stopped the car and I was fifth gear, I tried to get down to first to go back out and the gear was not going down. I was stuck in fifth gear and I tried to go but the engine died as I tried to leave in fifth gear. I tried to go a lot on the throttle to leave but it was not possible so I stopped the engine."

Massa took some conciliation from Ferrari's improved form over the weekend at the Nurburgring.

"I car was more competitive on this track for sure," he said. "Silverstone was a very difficult track for us. Here we were more or less back at the same level as before Silverstone."

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