Felipe Massa has blasted Narain Karthikeyan saying the Hispania car cost his a chance of the podium.
Massa believes that that he was on course for a podium finish – or possibly even a race win – at the Canadian Grand Prix until he damaged his wing on lap 53 as he tried to lap Karthikeyan’s Hispania. The final Safety Car of the race – deployed when Heidfeld crashed – allowed the Brazilian to make up some time and Massa out-dragged Kamuui Kobayashi to sixth place by a fraction of a second.
“I can’t draw much satisfaction from this sixth place, given the potential we had here,â€ Massa said. “My chances of finishing on the podium and also of fighting for the win given how things went, just evaporated when I was passing Karthikeyan.
“He was going very slowly on the dry line but then, as I was passing him on the wet, he accelerated and I lost control of the car ending up in the wall.
“Thanks to the next Safety Car, I was able to catch up to the pack and then, in the end, I passed a few cars to get as high as sixth. I am angry, there is no point denying it.
“We qualified well and we were in the top three up until the red flag. Then what happened happened and it was all over.â€