• Korean Grand Prix

Massa happy to have stepped up

ESPNF1 Staff
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Felipe Massa said he was pleased to have helped out his Ferrari team by finishing third in the Korean Grand Prix.

Although not in the title hunt himself, Massa has experienced a barren run of things recently and was happy to once again step onto the podium.

"A great result at the end of a very difficult race," said Massa. "I am very pleased, for myself and for the team. Fernando did a great job. After two poor weekends, I am happy to have stepped up onto the podium once again. I also want to thank the race director who did an excellent job of managing the situation, making the right decisions as to when to start the race and when to bring in the Safety Car at the right moment.

"By the end, it was almost dark and the intermediate tyres were deteriorating, especially the rears: there is a light on the steering wheel which is very bright and in these conditions it was quite distracting."

Although Massa owed much for his podium to the retirements of both Red Bull drivers and Nico Rosberg, he is hopeful of fighting for further podiums in the remaining two races.

"We were a bit lucky, but we also did a good job, proving to be competitive even on this track. How will things go in Interlagos and Abu Dhabi? It's hard to say, as the two tracks are very different one to the other. It will be important to have a car capable of fighting for a podium place and then try not to make any mistakes."

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