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GP Week : Issue 214
After a number of races in which Valtteri Bottas has taken the Best of the Rest podium spot, turning the tables at his home race, despite a five-second speeding penalty and stopping in the wrong pit box, produced one ecstatic Felipe Massa: “ The race was amazing – everything that happened in my race today. I think the most important thing was that the pace was there, the car was quick. I've been so happy with the car during the whole all weekend. “I 'm so happy with the race, but not happy with my mistakes today. When I braked for the pit stop, I pressed the pit-limiter but for whatever reason the pit-limiter was not inside, and then just past the speed (line) I brake, I press again ... “And then I managed to catch the guys trying to put the gap again. The car was fantastic. I managed to overtake many cars, catch Button as well. I was opening the gap compared to Jenson for about five, six seconds, maybe even more. “Then I stop in the wrong garage. I stop in the McLaren because they change our garage this race and we are a lot more in the middle and McLaren with the similar colour – not white but y'know – I thought it was our garage. They were ready. Then I just stopped there and lost a lot of time because of that ... “But anyway ... pushing again, doing quick laps all the time and managing the tyres and just opening again compared to Jenson. “It was really a fantastic race, and these people... they're still here, singing and screaming. It's amazing. The whole energy that I had this weekend, it's difficult to explain. Difficult to explain the emotion – so thank you very much for all of our Torcida [fan club] that was pushing the whole weekend, every day. It was amazing.” There’s one dude running on adrenalin ... Team chief Rob smedley outlined the chaos from his perspective: "That was probably the most hectic race we have had all year and was very difficult to manage from the pit wall with everything that was going on. We had a lot of issues; both cars had debris stuck in them and we had to remove these at different pit stops, Valtteri lost time in his first stop as he had an issue with his belts that we needed to check, and Felipe lost time in his second stop through a penalty and stopping in the wrong box. “Nevertheless we have secured some good points in spite of these challenges, extending our lead over fourth in the championship and Felipe put in a very mature drive to finish on the podium in front of his home fans. The car is quick and this race had proved that – we now need to make sure that in Abu Dhabi we fully maximise the points that we should be attaining with this car." Local hero 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BRAZIL PARTNERS: