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GP Week : Issue 81
De la Rosa DNFs at home -- again DESPITE racing here five times, Pedro de la Rosa has still never finished at his home race. Pedro, who grew up 15kms from the Circuit de Catalunya, described himself as "heartbroken" having started in 12th before retiring after nine laps. The Sauber driver was hit by Sebastien Buemi at the start, which caused a puncture and terminal rear-end damage. "To say I'm disappointed is an understatement," an emotional de la Rosa told Spanish television. "Everything was going well but when I arrived at the first corner someone hit my rear tyre. "It's a race incident, but it came at the worst moment because the car was working very well, I was eager, wehadthefans ...Idon'tknow ..." He added: "I would have liked to have done a decent race but all the bottom and the rear of the car broke. I was doing laps to see if I could correct it from inside the cockpit, to try to finish. But the car was undriveable." Massa not slowed by wing damage ... ... but needs improvement to keep seat F1 BARCELONA >> FELIPE Massa admits he's struggling, despite a strong start to the season in Bahrain and Australia. He was a long way off his team mate's pace all weekend, qualifying ninth, five places behind Alonso. In the race he got up to sixth, but couldn't get close to Jenson Button. He came up behind backmarker Karun Chandhok but failed to brake for the corner the Hispania was already committed to, and lost the left end plate of the front wing. Fortunately for Felipe, he was able to continue unabated. His lap times weren't affected by the damage. A change of nose, said race engineer Rob Smedley, would have cost him three places. "I can't be happy with the way things went this weekend," said Felipe, whose seat for next year is under pressure from 31