Felipe Massa felt Nico Hulkenberg turned in on him early during the Singapore Grand Prix, leaving him with nowhere to go, which begun a series of unfortunate events that ultimately left him retiring just before half distance.
The Williams Martini Racing driver suffered a puncture in the clash with Sahara Force India driver Hulkenberg that left him well down the order, and then suffered a gearbox issue that ultimately curtailed his afternoon on lap thirty.
“It was a very unlucky race for me,” reflected Massa. “My problems started with the collision I had with Hulkenberg after my first stop.
“I was braking for the corner and he turned his car in on mine, leaving me with nowhere to go, so we hit. This caused a slow puncture on my front-right tyre and the extra pit stop put me back many positions.
“I then had a gearbox problem. I was changing gears from 2nd to 3rd and was getting neutral. It seemed to resolve itself but it happened again and I had to retire the car.
“It was one of those races where things just weren’t going my way. We need to concentrate on recovering some of our lost points at the next race.”