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Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa was left frustrated after what he believed was a wrong tyre strategy by the team cost him a better position in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Massa started the race with soft tyres and he did rather well to make them last for the first nineteen laps before going into the pits and change into the medium tyres for his second stint. He then went into the pits on lap 38, hoping to switch to another set of softer tyres for the final laps of the race, a strategy that worked well for team mate and former world champion Fernando Alonso.
However, Ferrari put on another set of medium tyres for the final stint of the race and struggling for grip, Massa failed to progress much in the final laps of the race, finishing at a lowly eighth, well behind Alonso, who had trailed him for much of his second stint, finishing at fifth on the softer tyres.
And speaking about the debacle, Felipe Massa stated that they made a mistake, adding that he didn’t expect to go out for his third stint on the same medium set of tyres. He stated that had he the softer tyres on for his final stint, he would have easily overtaken Jean Eric Vergne as well as given Lewis Hamilton a run for his money and possibly could have overtaken from him as well.
Felipe Massa went on to add that he would probably have been a second quicker if he had the softer tyres on his car and even went as far as saying that he might easily have finished in the top five.
Massa, who will leave Ferrari at the end of the season, will definitely not be happy with his team’s step-motherly treatment towards him.
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Ferrari are close to bringing back Kimi Raikkonen after a gap of four years after parting ways in 2009. Brazilian driver Felipe Massa is expected to leave the team at the end of the season. Raikkonen is free to leave for a team of his wish, as his contract with Lotus comes to an end.
He has been one of the star performers on the grid this season. There was a point when he looked like being able to challenge Sebastian Vettel for the world championship title. His arrival at Ferrari for next season could make the Italian team boast of a very strong driver line-up.
Brazilian driver Felipe Massa has said that it is extremely important that Ferrari get the mid-summer break because it helps them improve their car even further. Ferrari made a great start to the new season by winning a couple of races, but since then, their form has nosedived. They have not managed to win a single race since May and it is threatening to destroy the championship hopes for the team in yet another season. They have not managed to win the title in the last six seasons, and yet another disappointment will be tough to handle for the Italian team.
A lot of the blame has been placed on Felipe Massa, who has been very disappointing for the team. The Brazilian managed to extend his contract by another season after a great second half last time around. He is hoping that this is the case this time around as well. Even though other teams also have a similar break, Massa has said that it is especially required for a team like Ferrari. Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli recently introduced new set of tyres for the Hungarian Grand Prix. They are expected to stick with this compound in the forthcoming races, and Massa believes this is a good move.
“The development work is very important. We need to make this car quicker. So it’s a very important four weeks from one race to the other. We know that we have a break for everybody, and the team needs to be closed for two weeks. Nobody can work. But the working and thinking are important to bring new pieces for the next race, and have a more competitive second half of the season than the first one,” said Massa. Alonso has slipped into the third position in the drivers’ championship table after the Hungarian Grand Prix.
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