Massa frustrated to lose podium finish in late downpour

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Felipe Massa made no secret of his frustration after losing a podium finish in the British Grand Prix on Sunday thanks to a late rain shower.

Massa led the first stint of the race after making a flying start from third place, but dropped behind eventual winner Lewis Hamilton at the first round of pit stops.

The Brazilian managed to retain second place until rain hit Silverstone in the final 15 laps of the race, causing him to lose out to Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

Williams opted to keep Massa out for an extra lap after the first of the leaders pitted for intermediate tires, allowing Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to move into third position.

The end result was that Massa finished fourth, 11 seconds off a podium finish that he was frustrated to lose.

“It’s a bit frustrating,” Massa told NBCSN after the race. “The podium was in my hands today. Did an amazing start, amazing performance through the race fighting with Mercedes.

“We lost a position in the pit stop because we unfortunately stopped one lap later. It was enough to lose the position.

“Then I was opening the gap to Valtteri and Nico in the dry. We maybe had second position in our hands, but then everything changed with the rain, waiting one lap longer to stop.

“It was really wet, so it was really frustrating to lose a podium like that. Definitely in the rain many things can happen, getting it right or getting it wrong. This is part of the game. We definitely need to look not to repeat that because today we had a podium in our hands.”

Marco Andretti to drive throwback scheme to honor 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario’s last win

Photo courtesy Andretti-Herta Autosport
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Marco Andretti wanted to do something really special to honor the 25th anniversary of grandfather Mario Andretti’s final Indy car win in 1993 at Phoenix International Raceway (now known as ISM Raceway).

So the third-generation Andretti, along with his team, Andretti-Herta Autosport, came up with a plan and design that will take longtime race fans back in time when it appears early next month for the Phoenix Grand Prix.

Marco Andretti’s No. 98 Oberto Beef Jerky Circle K/Curb Honda will be decked out in the colors of the car his grandfather won his last race on the one-mile short track 25 years ago.

“When the idea of a throwback livery celebrating my grandfather’s final win was thrown around, Oberto was ready to get to the drawing board,” Marco Andretti said in a media release. “The black, white and red car resembles many of my family’s race cars and was a big part of my life growing up.

“It’s really cool to be able to add one of my cars to that family legacy.”

The car is a virtual double of the legendary Newman-Haas Racing and Texaco/Havoline-sponsored car Mario drove on that celebratory day in the Valley of the Sun 2 ½ decades ago.

Various events and ceremonies during the April 6-7 race weekend will honor the senior Andretti. That includes several of his former competitors who will be on hand to celebrate with Mario, including Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vasser, Paul Tracy, Arie Luyendyk, and of course, son Michael Andretti and grandson Marco Andretti.

Check out what happened on that day 25 years ago:

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