Felipe Massa has claimed an emotional podium finish at his home grand prix in Brazil today, finishing third after a difficult race that saw him suffer a number of setbacks.
Starting third, Massa made a good start to hold onto his position ahead of Williams teammate Valtteri Bottas, and managed to extend the gap by making an early first pit stop.
However, when entering the pits, he broke the pit lane speed limit, prompting the stewards to impose a five second stop/go penalty on the Brazilian, much to the distaste of the home fans.
When Massa did serve this, a slow stop by the team meant that he lost even more time, with McLaren’s Jenson Button now his nearest rival in the battle for the final podium position after Bottas dropped back through the field.
Making his third and final stop, Massa accidentally pulled into Button’s pit box at McLaren, costing him precious seconds and raising more than a smile from the watching Williams team.
However, come the checkered flag, he had done enough to beat Button to the line by seven seconds and secure his second podium finish of the 2014 season.
“I’m so happy for the race,” Massa said on the podium as the Brazilian fans cheered his name. “So many mistakes also in my race! I had the five second penalty stop/go for speeding the limiter, and also I stopped at McLaren because it was a similar color and it just was prepared before my garage!
“The car was fantastic, and so great with the pace. I’m so happy.”
As the only Brazilian driver in the field, Massa’s result brought delight to the thousands of fans that had descended on Interlagos for the race, and tightens Williams’ stranglehold on third place in the constructors’ championship ahead of Ferrari.
Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.
“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”
With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.
In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).
Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.
“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”
NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)