• Hungarian Grand Prix

Massa frustrated by lack of overtaking opportunities

ESPN Staff
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Felipe Massa could not find a way past Mark Webber or Bruno Senna © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa was left frustrated at a lack of overtaking opportunities after a poor start hampered his Hungarian Grand Prix.

Starting from seventh place, Massa was beaten off the line by Bruno Senna and Mark Webber and was unable to regain any places throughout the race to eventually finish ninth. Massa said that his poor start proved costly, but the fact that the Ferrari was uncompetitive compared to recent races also hampered his ability to make progress.

"My race was ruined at the start, when I spun the wheels, possibly because the clutch had overheated: that cost me two places which I then never managed to make up," Massa said. "Overtaking is really difficult at this track and, even if at some points in the second stint I was stronger than Webber and Senna, I never managed to get the slightest chance to pass them. Therefore this has not been a great race for me, but at least I managed to bring home a couple of points. At Silverstone and Hockenheim, our pace was a match for the best, but that was not the case here and this definitely made the whole weekend difficult."

Massa added that he feels in a better position than he was at the start of the season but is focused on delivering consistently improved performances after the summer break.

"This first part of the season has definitely not been very positive for me, although today I certainly feel better than at the start and I'm sure the second half will be better. My contract? Until the situation is not clear (sic), there's nothing to say! I'm concentrating on doing well in the next races and that is my number one aim."