By Brad Jansen
Massa taking the last corner: Pic Supplied
After having started on pole, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has displayed some superb driving, claiming his fourth win in the formula1 season at the European Grand Prix last weekend.
“It’s fantastic having won this race, especially after a disappointing result in Hungary,” said Massa, who beat Lewis Hamilton, driver for Mercedes McLaren, to the line by 5.6 seconds.
Not only did he win the European Grand Prix, Massa was the first driver to claim honours on a circuit which has never been raced in F1 before. This new race circuit, situated in the heart of Valencia in Spain, consists of 25 challenging corners and 5.4 km of racing tarmac. The special element of the track is its Monaco-like setting next to a harbour, bordering the Mediterranean ocean and boasting a bridge crossing. It is similar, in many regards, to the Singapore circuit due to be raced in September, where the north and south sides of the marina are joined.
Although Renault driver Fernando Alonso, double world champion and home favourite, crashed out, the electric atmosphere of the crowd was never lost and only topped by beauty of the location.
Massa’s win has catapulted him back into championship contention after taking Ferarri driver, Kimi Raikkonen’s second place seat. Hamilton now leads the championship with 70 points to Massa’s 64 and Raikkonen’s 57. Ferrari is still on top of the constructors’ standings with 121 points to McLaren’s 113 and BMW Sauber’s 96.