Felipe Massa’s difficult season continued in Germany when he qualified only 14th in the wet and then lost his front wing after running into the back of Daniel Ricciardo before the first corner.
The subsequent pit stop dropped him almost to the back – ahead of only fellow delayed stragglers Grosjean, Senna and Hamilton – although he eventually climbed back to 12th place.
Although that was a respectable recovery job he was 38s behind winner and team mate Alonso immediately after his wing change, and some 71s behind at the flag. While clearly Alonso was going flat out in his quest to win the race, that time loss was not insignificant.
Massa has scored only 23 points in 2012, over half of them coming from his fourth place in Silverstone, compared to the 154 of Alonso.
“It was a very disappointing race for the start,” said Massa. “I did a good start and then there was a Toro Rosso on front and suddenly he just braked – not braked but he slowed down in front of me. It was not normal, but maybe there was a car in front, or I don’t know.
“I went left, but there was not enough time, and I just touched my front wing on his left rear wheel. It destroyed completely my race, because I did a very slow lap, and then I stopped, changing the front wing it takes also a lot of time.”
Despite his frustrations, the Brazilian said he was pleased with the overall pace during the weekend.
“I think it was good, I think the car was competitive, so lap times the pace was good and consistent.
“I think we’re doing a good direction in terms of the step with the car, and I think that’s very positive. I’m very happy for Fernando, who won again, and I’m just concentrating for the next race.”