Brazilian race car driver Felipe Massa is blaming his loss at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on his tires, claiming that Ferrari put him gave him medium rather than soft tires at the final pit stop, calling it the “biggest mistake” in his career.
"I didn't expect to use the medium in the last stint as well; I expected to use the soft, the same as I had from the beginning through lap 19. I was the best car on the soft, and then we decide to stop in the last moment the second time, and I expected to see the soft tires on the car, and I saw the other ones, so it was a problem, especially with only 17 laps to go,” he lamented.
The error in judgement not only cost him the pace, but also prevented him from beating fellow Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso for 5th place. He (Massa) ended up in 8th, jeopardizing his chance to better last year’s standings for championship points. He currently as 106 points VS the 122 scored in 2012, when he ended the season in 7th place.
" I'm definitely not happy, because I was doing a great race, all the time fighting and overtaking cars, a very good race all the time, a good pace, and then suddenly I didn't finish in the position I was supposed to finish, so this is a bit frustrating. Anyway, I think I showed a good pace, and this is important, to show a good pace, a good race."
Born in São Paulo on April 25, 1981, Felipe Massa began karting at the age of 8, finishing his first season in fourth place. He continued in national and international championships for 7 years, before moving on to Formula 1 racing for Chevrolet in 1998. The following year he was victorious in 3 of the 10 races and claimed the championship.
By 2000, went was competing in Italian Formula Renault series, winning both the Italian and the European Formula Renault championships that year that year. And although he had an opportunity to switch to Formula Three racing, he made the decision to go into, the Euro Formula 3000, where he won 6 of the 8 races and the championship.
His first stint driving for Ferrari came in 2001 (as a test driver) before switching to the Sauber team, who signed him for 2002. He also drove for Alfa Romeo in the European Touring Car Championship as a guest driver, finally returning to Ferrari in 2006. However, he recently announced that he will be leaving the team at the end of this year