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Massa 'angry' after early spin

ESPN Staff
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Felipe Massa span off the track at turn two on the sixth lap of the race © Press Association
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Felipe Massa revealed he was "angry" with himself for spinning early in the Canadian Grand Prix as he eventually finished tenth.

Massa had shown some strong early pace in getting ahead of Nico Rosberg in the early laps, but span out of his sixth place when losing the rear of the car on the exit of turn one. The incident dropped him in to 12th and left him with heavily flat-spotted tyres, changing his strategy and effectively ruining his race.

"I am angry with myself for the mistake at Turn 1," Massa said. "I lost touch with the quickest group and then my tyres were vibrating too much, which meant I had to pit early. Then I tried to extend the next stint of the race as much as possible, even hoping not to stop again. Unfortunately, towards the end, I did have to make a second stop, because they were almost down to the canvas."

Reflecting on the second half of the race, Massa felt he could only have made one more position with a better strategy but was encouraged by the car's potential.

"Maybe bringing forward the final stop could have got me ahead of Kobayashi again, but it would not have changed much after that. I am disappointed, because we showed we were competitive with our main rivals: now we are there, fighting with them, which was not the case just a few races ago. Tenth place definitely does not reflect our potential. Now it is vital we continue to work in this direction: it was a weekend in which we were always fighting for the top places and we have improved in every area and that has to be a confidence boost for the rest of the season."

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