Massa Sorry to Miss Out on Points

Brazilian Felipe Massa was left frustrated after missing out on a points finish at the Italian Grand Prix

Massa Sorry to Miss Out on Points

Massa recovered well from a poor qualifying and ran in the point-scoring positions for a small part of the race following a flying start.

In the end, however, the Sauber driver lost out to Briton Jenson Button to the final point and had to settle for ninth place.

"I made a great start and was able to avoid the incident in the first corner," Massa said. "After that the pace was reasonable but the car was difficult to drive. It felt pretty nervous.
 
"But to start 15th and finish ninth is the best you can hope for on a day when nobody retired, though it is frustrating to miss out on the last point.

"At least I have a good qualifying start position for Spa, my favourite circuit."

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve finished down in 11th place after battling with Kimi Raikkonen in the early stages.

The former World Champion, however, was left unimpressed after he was shown blue flags when fighting for position with the Finn.

"The start went very well, and I was able to keep Kimi behind me quite easily in the early stages," Villeneuve said. "When we were fighting again later on I was blue flagged even though we were battling for position, so I had to let him by.

"I guess the marshals were getting a bit over-excited. Overall it wasn't bad. We had an aggressive strategy but we really needed a few positions higher in qualifying to make that work. The car was oversteering, but I don't mind that."

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