Massa Lands First Podium Of Season

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Felipe Massa maintained his improved 2013 form with third place in Spain, having overcome an impeding penalty that dropped him from sixth to ninth on the grid.

The Brazilian driver gained two spots on the first lap as he worked his way into a podium position.

“I think I am a bit disappointed for what’s happening yesterday,” he said. “These things happen many times and no penalties happen, so I’m disappointed with that. I didn’t cause any issues for him [Webber] in the qualifying, so I’m disappointed for that.

“The race was good. Very good start, very good beginning of the race; overtaking cars; trying to be aggressive, you know and passing people, which was the case. I tried to undercut people as well, stopping before. Maybe it was a little bit early as well. Looking at the end of the race, I thought I maybe had the opportunity to fight with Kimi (Raikkonen).

“But I think it was a great race, we did a good job. Our car was really superb for this track. The degradation on the tires was not Lotus, but I think we did the best as we’re supposed to do and we showed a good performance that I expected to have from Friday.”

Massa is optimistic about the rest of the season.

“I think we are [heading] in a good direction so I hope from now on we are fighting for the podium every race, especially in the race, which is where it counts,” the Ferrari driver said. “Qualifying we know is not easy for us. We are pushing very hard to improve the car, to make the car quicker in qualifying. But we know we have a good car for the race, so I hope me and Fernando (Alonso) are having great races from now and until the end of the year.”