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Pit-stop error cost Massa’s point finish at China

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The Williams speedy Felipe Massa’s opportunity of finishing inside the top six were deal a fatal blow following a pit-stop error which saw the Williams man re-join the race track in final place.

Brazilian ace made an electrifying and wild start, touch his wheel with former Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso following being constricted by the Red Bulls.

But at his first stop Williams did not have the tyres ready and Massa lost over a minute, before he eventually recovered to 15th place.

‘There was a mistake at the first pit-stop and that effectively lost me the race as I came back out on track in last position,’ said Massa.

‘It is a frustrating situation and something we need to work on to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.’

The second Williams speedy, Valtteri Bottas also made touch with a rival at the start as he was clipped by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. The accident cost the Finn track position but he was able to recover to seventh place.

“It was a good race for me despite some hard contact at the start which cost me a few positions,” he said.

“I also had to drive the whole race without telemetry which isn’t the easiest thing to do. We made progress over the whole weekend which is good.”

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