Massa was quickest at Catalunya

Wed, 17 May 2006, 11:40

For the first time in his career, Felipe Massa clocked the fastest race lap in last Sunday’s Spanish grand prix.

The Brazilian, although just fourth and half a minute behind at the chequered flag, logged an unbeaten tour of Circuit de Catalunya – 1.16.648 – on lap forty-two.

Renault race winner Fernando Alonso, however, trailed the Ferrari newcomer by less than a tenth of a second, followed by Massa’s red-clad teammate Michael Schumacher.

But 24-year-old Massa, this week at Paul Ricard to test alongside several other teams, said of the Barcelona race: ”We had not expected the Renaults to make such a step forward on race day.

”I think maybe the heat tipped the balance slightly in favour of Renault on Sunday, as it was hotter than we had expected.”

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