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Massa positive despite incorrect tyre call

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Felipe Massa believes Williams made the wrong call on its tyre strategy in Hungary but says it is a relief to put his recent misfortune behind him with a strong points finish.

Massa ran as high as second in the race in Hungary after the two safety car periods but he soon dropped out of contention when Williams put him on the medium tyre, despite the majority of other teams choosing the softs.

Asked if he would do the strategy differently if he could run the race again, Massa said: "I would, for sure yes. At least on the first stint to understand how long the tyres would stay on. For sure it was better to go on the option, definitely.

"I had a much better run on the option at the start of the race compared to what I did on the medium. I even told the team that maybe the option tyre was the better one but there were still a lot of laps to go, we were maybe afraid the option would not have stayed until the end. Then maybe it would have been difficult to put too many laps together on the prime, which was really difficult."

Despite Williams' call on tyres Massa was pleased to collect some points again after high-profile crashes in Canada, Great Britain and Germany.

"It's a nice relief to finish the race and score some points but it's definitely not enough. We did not have a very competitive car to fight with Red Bull and Ferrari and I think the car was not so competitive, especially on the medium tyres, we were just too slow.

"Anyway, it was not a very easy race. It was a race where we needed to take some risks. We didn't make do a perfect job on the tyres but anyway, you saw other teams doing mistakes like McLaren. When it's a difficult like that we scored good points and that's positive."

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