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Massa unhappy with Ferrari strategy

The teams kept its starting position, but Alonso finished behind the brazilian.
Sunday, April 17, 2011

SHANGHAI, April 17, 2011 (AFP) - Frustrated Felipe Massa said he believed a three-stop strategy, instead of two, would have given Ferrari a better result than his sixth-place finish in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

The Brazilian driver, 29, produced his best result and performance for some time and ran as high as second for long periods before fading tyres in the final laps saw him fall down the order.

"Even the guy who dominated the race, which was Sebastian Vettel, didn't win because of his strategy, which was the same as mine," Massa said.

"It shows that we didn't pick the right one. My pace on the soft was great, even similar to Sebastian, and we took that as a consideration that maybe we were able to do one less stop.

"Looking at everybody stopping straight away, we took the decision already in the first stint and unfortunately it didn't work like we expected."

But Massa said he was happy with his personal performance, coming home one place ahead of teammate and two time world champion Fernando Alonso.

"It was the best race for me this year -- one of the best compared to last year as well. It's a shame because we could have finished in the top, and it
was not possible," Massa said.
 

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