Felipe Massa

Indian GP – Massa 4th, Alonso 11th after a collision

Greater Noida- 27 October – Felipe Massa finished fourth in the Indian Grand Prix and his Scuderia Ferrari team-mate, Fernando Alonso was eleventh. The Spaniard’s race was compromised at the first corner after the start. Not many points therefore and the Scuderia has dropped to third in the Constructors’ classification, but only four points behind second placed Mercedes.

Having opted for different tyre choices in qualifying, Felipe started on the Soft and Fernando on the Medium. The Spaniard got away well at the start, but he collided with Mark Webber’s Red Bull at the start, damaging the front wing, and had to pit at the end of lap 2 to change it, rejoining twentieth.

Massa got a brilliant start, barging past those ahead to lie second behind Vettel after a couple of corners. Felipe led for six laps when the German pitted and then came in to switch to Mediums. After that he was sixth for a long time and on lap 31 made his second stop, fitting another set of Mediums which he ran to the flag. Alonso came in shortly after to fit the Softs, which he ran for only five laps before stopping for a final set of Mediums.

In the final third of the race, Massa tried for a long time to depose Romain Grosjean from fourth, but although he couldn’t manage it, he gained a place when the Raikkonen in the other Lotus slowed with worn tyres. Alonso was stuck in a slow train of cars in the closing stages and just missed out on getting to the top ten. Sebastian Vettel won for Red Bull to take his fourth consecutive world title.

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