Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013

Massa unhappy with tyre choice for final stint

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Yas Marina, 2013Felipe Massa says he would have finished higher up the order in Abu Dhabi had he been given the correct tyres for his final stint.

Massa ran ahead of team mate Fernando Alonso early in the race but finished behind him. Massa ran the medium tyres in the final stint while Alonso used the softs.

Massa told reporters after the race Ferrari originally considered making a single pit stop:

“It was a bit frustrating not manage the one-stop but I think it was a bit difficult to do one-stop anyway. The pace maybe was a little bit too quick to save the tyres for one stop.

“But then we choose to stop the second time and maybe we didn’t mount the right tyres. We mounted the [medium] tyres and the other one was maybe more than a second quicker per lap so that was a little bit of a problem with the race.

“It was a race to finish in the top five, top six, and we didn’t manage it because definitely the end of the race.”

“It was a tough race, fighting from the beginning to the end,” he added. “Unfortunately I didn’t finish where I was supposed to but it was definitely a race that we fight a lot and that’s important.”

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