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Hard tyres leave Massa feeling flat...

The Ferrari driver could not finish the race; Gearbox problems influenced the early exit.
Sunday, May 22, 2011

BARCELONA, Spain, May 22, 2011 (AFP) - Brazilian Felipe Massa said his Ferrari was impossible to drive on hard tyres after a gearbox problem forced him to retire during Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.

The Brazilian fell down the order as the race progressed, had a spin along the way, and was set to finish only 10th before pulling off following a gearbox problem in the closing stages.

"Actually the biggest problem in the race was when we fitted the hard tyres," said Massa.

"It was very difficult to drive the car on the hard tyres - basically no grip - and I think we lost a lot compared to the other teams."

Massa's Ferrari team-mate two times champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who this week extended his contract to 2016, finished fifth after snatching the lead with a brilliant start going into the first corner.

Massa added: "I had a problem with the gearbox so I lost the gears. I tried again and then I lost the gears, so it was not possible to carry on."

Massa said he was optimistic that he can be in better shape when different compounds are used in Monaco next weekend. "It's not a long time, not even one week," he said.

"We have different tyres, so maybe we can get a good direction to use soft and super soft there. We are looking forward to being in good shape in Monaco compared to here."


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