At the Monaco Grand Prix Ferrari and McLaren both decided to use KERS and Renault and BMW decided against its use. Massa and Hamilton using KERS had the rear break away in the first qualifying session. Massa went on to qualify 5th and ended up 4th in the race. Hamilton damaged his car and after high expectations for a podium finish ended up 12th.
In Malaysia Q1 there was just 0.826 seconds between front runner Rubens Barrichello and 15th place drop zone marker Sebastien Bourdais, so you could understand Massa mistakenly thinking that he could safely stay in the pits and save a set of tyres for later. But how did Ferrari again fail to get out of Q1 in Spain?
Over confident Ferrari, keen to save soft tyres for later qualifying and the race, decided on a single run for Massa in Q1. As the times came down in Q1 Massa held firm, confident that his initial time was good enough to go through to Q2, watched as he was pushed out of the top 15.