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.”