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Massa blames ill fortune for disappointing Sunday

ESPNF1 Staff
October 10, 2010 « Schumacher happy with sixth in Japan | »
Felipe Massa collected Tonio Liuzzi's Force India at the start © Sutton Images

Felipe Massa refused to take the blame for his move on the opening lap that led to his retirement, instead blaming bad luck.

The Ferrari driver, who qualified a disappointing 12th, tried to make amends at the start but instead ended up collecting Tonio Liuzzi's Force India after running too wide.

"I think I was really cursed today! This morning in qualifying, because of traffic, I failed to get into Q3," said Massa. "This afternoon in the race, I didn't even manage to get through the first two corners. At the start, Rosberg, who was in front of me, got away poorly and at first I tried to move to the left, but Sutil was coming there. Then I moved to the right, but in so doing I found myself on the grass and the kerb. At that point the car took off on its own, I was unable to make it through the first corner and I ended up colliding with Liuzzi's Force India.

"It's a shame, because as Fernando showed, in the race our car had a good pace and I could have fought for a points finish. The main problem is still qualifying: again today I struggled, even if traffic played its part. In the race, the situation is better but we know how difficult it is to overtake.

"These past two races have been frustrating for me but we have seen many times this year how quickly the situation can change: I will be trying my very best in the remaining three Grand Prix."