Massa: Schumacher closed the door ‘too much’

Felipe Massa believes that his accident with Michael Schumacher in Canada could have been avoidable.

The Brazilian experienced an eventful Canadian Grand Prix, after an accident at the first corner with Tonio Liuzzi and Jenson Button dropped him down the order. Consequently, this forced the 29-year-0ld to carve his way back into the points – only to be forced to pit again after colliding with Schumacher’s Mercedes.

“It was a bad weekend, especially when you consider I had a very good car for the race and was expecting to pick up a significant number of points,” Massa told Ferrari’s website.

“But then I was caught up in the accident at the first corner, sandwiched between Button and Liuzzi, which removed any chance of a clean race and a strong finish.

“I had a good start and was making up places on the way to the first corner, but then I had to pit for a new nose and that was it.

“Even after that setback, I was heading for the points in the closing stages: I was tenth, but Michael who was ahead of me was much slower, maybe three seconds and Buemi in front of him was also slow, so I was in with a chance of finishing eighth.

“But then came the problem with Michael. He closed the door on me too much. He braked on the right and moved across to the left where I was. There was nothing I could do, as I was already on the limit of my braking and when he moved across even more, he broke my front wing.”

Despite his set back, Massa is expecting to be stronger in Valencia – a race which he won in 2008.

“On the positive side, the car was much more competitive in Canada than in Turkey, which is a good basis on which to go to Valencia for the next race,” he said.

“The street circuit there is not so different in terms of its characteristics to the Montreal track and on top of that, we expect to have some more updates for the F10 to make it even more competitive with those ahead of us in the championship.

“Valencia has not produced very exciting races so far, but I enjoy the track, as the only time I have raced there, in 2008 – it was one of the races I missed last year after my accident – I won.

“It would be nice to think we could be in with a chance of doing the same again this time.”

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