Felipe Massa faced ‘very scary’ moment in Canadian Grand Prix

F1i 10:56 08/06/2015
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Unpleasant surprise: Felipe Massa.

Felipe Massa says he was faced with a “very scary” situation during the Canadian Grand Prix after Nico Hulkenberg’s spin.

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Sebastian Vettel was attempting to overtake Hulkenberg at the final chicane, with the Force India on the inside on the approach to the corner.

With Vettel positioned on the outside for the first part of the chicane, Hulkenberg spun trying to avoid contact but had to drive momentarily in the wrong direction to get off the racing line and rejoin safely.

Massa was the car approaching and overtook the Force India as Hulkenberg recovered, but says the incident caught him by surprise.

“I think it was very scary because I was getting to the corner and I saw a car going a little bit in the wrong way and I didn’t expect to see that, so it was a bit strange,” Massa said.

“I mean, it was not so dangerous for me because I was not so close to hitting the car but I did not expect to see a car coming the wrong way.”

With Massa recovering from 15th on the grid to finish sixth, the Brazilian says he is encouraged by the pace shown by Williams in Montreal.

“I was very happy with my race, very happy with my overtaking, with the pace, strategy – especially the pace with the option was really good, really happy with that.

“The car shows very good performance, the only negative thing of the weekend was qualifying yesterday was the problem we had with the wastegate.

“That was the only negative thing because the race was very good today.”

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