Felipe Massa says that he was forced to take evasive action on the opening lap on the Korean Grand Prix, leading to him spinning at turn three.
Massa started the race in sixth place and took the inside line into turn three but spun under braking and narrowly avoided team-mate Fernando Alonso.
“Today’s race was really very complicated, because my chances of getting a good result evaporated right from the first lap, when I found myself in the middle of a group, all of us fighting and I decided to go down the inside to try and brake later,” he said.
“Unfortunately, some of the cars were slower and in order to avoid driving into one of the Mercedes, I was forced to move over to the right, ending up in a spin.”
Massa recovered to finish in ninth place, behind McLaren’s Jenson Button, who was also caught up in the incident.
“Turn Three was always going to be something of a mess on the first lap,” said Button.
“Sure enough, there was an incident; a car got hit, went wide and hit me. That contact damaged my front wing endplate. It didn’t really cause me too much of a problem in terms of staying with the cars in front, but it really started to hurt the temperatures, so we had to pit for a new nosebox on lap four. That cost me a bit of time.”
Adrian Sutil suffered a similar predicament.
“I was quite unlucky on the first lap because after Massa spun everybody headed for the inside and somebody hit me on the side of my front wing. The damage was not too bad but I still had to pit for a new one,” he said.