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Slow pit stop prevented Ferrari one-two - Massa

ESPNF1 Staff
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The Ferrari drivers finished first and third © Getty Images

Ferrari's Felipe Massa believes second place would have been within his grasp at the Italian Grand Prix had it not been for a slow pit stop.

Massa finished third behind his team-mate Fernando Alonso, who leapfrogged Jenson Button during the pit stops to take victory. Massa also looked as though he might emerge from his tyre change ahead of Button, but said a slow stop prevented Ferrari taking a one-two finish.

"All race long the car worked very well and I was always competitive," he said. "The pit stop was not perfect and maybe the time lost there cost me second place. All the same, it was really nice to be on the podium: seeing all the people underneath it was incredible, with the whole straight packed with fans. It was a special feeling, especially as I feel I am part Italian. I am happy for the team and for our home crowd."

At the start Lewis Hamilton clattered into the side of Massa and broke his steering. The Ferrari driver said there was absolutely nothing he could do to avoid the understeeing McLaren.

"I got a good start and maybe I might have made up a place, but I did not have good traction coming out of the second corner. Then I felt a knock and it was Hamilton who had hit into the side of my car: fortunately no damage was done."

Ferrari will bring further updates for the next round in Singapore, but Massa is aware that the different style of track will present a challenge for his team.

"Now there is much work ahead of us to prepare for the coming races, starting with Singapore. It won't be easy, but we are up for it. Personally, I will continue to fight for the wins and for the good of the team."