Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2010

Massa: 2009 crash and team orders were Ferrari lows

2013 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2010Felipe Massa singled out two moments as the worst times of his Ferrari career, which will come to an end at Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

“I think the toughest moment… it was definitely the accident was not a great moment,” said Massa when asked which was the worst moment during his time at Ferrari, referring to his season-ending 2009 crash at the Hungaroring.

“And maybe the race in Hockenheim, 2010,” he added. Massa was leading that race one year on from his Hungaroring accident when he was ordered to let team mate Fernando Alonso past to take the victory.

Remembering the better times of his Ferrari career, Massa said: “I would say the happiest moment was the first time I won in Brazil, 2006, with overalls green, yellow, I think that was definitely the best moment for me.”

“You know how important it is for a Brazilian to win at home. If you remember well [Ayrton] Senna was more happy to win in Brazil than to win a championship, you see how important it is for a Brazilian to win here.”

Massa added he cherished his 2008 home win as well, even though it was not enough to keep Lewis Hamilton from beating him to the world championship.

“It was a very special moment not just that time but even 2008 was a special moment,” he said. “I won the race here, I was on pole, quickest lap. We lost the championship not here in Brazil, before.”

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