Disappointing day for Ferrari

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/f/ferrari1_ap.jpg' class='caption'> The Canadian Grand Prix did not turn out as Ferrari expected.

Updated: June 12, 2007 10:08 IST
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The Canadian Grand Prix did not turn out as Ferrari expected.

Instead of seeing its drivers, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, challenge the Mercedes McLaren drivers that started on the front row, the Ferraris never got into contention.

Massa, winner of two races this year, led three laps after eventual winner Lewis Hamilton made his first pit stop, but the Brazilian's day ended early when he and Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella were disqualified for running a red light at the end of pit road.

Raikkonen, who has one win this year, didn't have a much better day, though he did score points by finishing fifth.

"In a race that was confusing and chaotic, thanks to the numerous safety car periods, we come away with just four points for Kimi, whose car was damaged in a collision at the first corner after the start and then after (Robert) Kubica's accident," team boss Jean Todt said of the 22-year-old Pole's frightening crash just before the halfway point.

"What happened at the pit stop is a real shame," Massa said. "I was having a good race and I could have brought home some important points for the championship. Unfortunately, when I left the pits, I did not even look at the lights, partly because there were so many cars in pit lane behind me."

Raikkonen, who drove off course several times, said, "At the end of the day, I picked up some points. It could have been better, but it could also have been worse."

The results left Massa third in the driver standings, trailing Hamilton by 15 points and the other McLaren driver, Fernando Alonso, by seven. Raikkonen remained fourth, but moved within six points of his teammate.

Ferrari now trails McLaren in the Constructors' Championship by 28 points heading into Sunday's United States Grand Prix in Indianapolis.

"Now we have to study everything about this weekend to understand how to move on," Todt said. "It's not the first time we have been in a situation like this, and we have always shown that we can extricate ourselves from these difficulties."

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