Massa disappointed by tyre-wear

Ferrari driver feels his finish could have been ever better at Monza

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 09/09/12 3:39pm

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Felipe Massa was disappointed by the high tyre degradation Ferrari suffered during the Italian GP, despite a third and fourth place finish for the team.

The Brazilian had shown good pace in qualifying and led the Ferrari charge at Monza, before having to yield to Fernando Alonso to help his team-mate's Championship challenge.

The team were unable to monitor Massa's car throughout the race after they experienced electronic problems with the telemetry, although the 31-year-old says it was not a major issue.

"It was unfortunate (to lose the telemetry), but the degradation was high today and we were in a difficult position and putting that on the table it was a good result for the team," he told Sky Sports F1.

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"They couldn't see me on the track from start to finish but everything they were telling me I was doing on the steering wheel and I don't think it was a big problem. The biggest problem was the tyres.

"I expected better degradation, but I think it was a good result for us, third and fourth, for the team it was a good result."

Whilst pleased with fourth, Massa added that Alonso's push for the Drivers' crown was on his mind throughout the race.

"For sure my personal race was very important, but being in a position to help Fernando as well who is in a position to fight for the Championship we know is very important for the team," he added.

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