Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Singapore, 2008

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Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Singapore, 2008In the round-up: Felipe Massa says the kind of cheating perpetrated by Renault at Singapore in 2008 would have been punished more effectively in other sports.


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Felipe Massa: ‘Singapore was like a match where they pay the referee’ (The Guardian)

“What happened there is like in football when you have a match where they pay the referee. We see matches in football where they see they pay the referee and the team that loses goes to court. In Formula One nothing happens.”

Massa full of hope for life after Ferrari (Reuters)

“I am very optimistic that something will come. Very. I think we are going to find the direction. I don’t know where, but I am really confident that something will come and it can be good, interesting.”

Inside F1 – Japanese Grand Prix (BBC)

Mark Webber: “We’re qualified, I suppose in a way, to fly F18s, we’re not qualified to fly for British Airways. We want to push all the time, that’s our job.”

Vettel signals no change (Sky)

“We have had a little bit of a chat as some people for some reason seem to get offended [by his finger gesture], but I think the most important is you are who you are and stick to that.”

This was mentioned on Vettel’s radio at the end of the last race – see the radio transcript for details.

Raikkonen: Lotus pace has improved (Autosport)

“It has been better, more to my liking today, than it has been for the last few races, especially on one lap.”

Pirelli and McLaren F1 team to test 2014 Grand Prix tyres at Vallelunga (AutoWeek)

“Pirelli and the McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team will now test 2014-specification F1 tire compounds at the Vallelunga circuit, near Rome, Italy – and have invited other teams to participate.”

Korea 2013 – race edit (F1)

Video highlights from the Korean Grand Prix with a little extra team radio from a very frustrated Daniel Ricciardo.

End of the road (Darren Heath Photographer)

“Yeongam?s Korea International Circuit, whether Formula 1 continues to race there or not, will surely not go down in the annals of the sport as a great place for an F1 race.”


Comment of the day

Many readers expressed their sorrow and sympathy at the tragic death of Maria de Villota yesterday. Here’s a selection of the responses:

This is absolutely awful. My thoughts are with her family and friends through this time. It?s a tragedy.

I had so much respect for Maria, she made her way in a world which is exclusively male (sports are one of the worst areas in society for gender equality, and motor sport is one of the worst sports for that) and the fact she managed to have a career racing is an incredible testament to her talents and character. The way she handled her accident and her injuries from that was beautiful and inspiring too.

Not many would have achieved what she has since. This is a real shock and a big loss for the racing world.
Steph (@Stephanief1990)

This is so horrible. I?m very saddened. I met her in person and she was a gorgeous and intelligent lady who was out there to achieve the impossible. RIP Maria.
Aish Heydrich (@Aish)

That?s horrible news. I feel so awful for the de Villota family.

The one thing I will always remember about Maria isn?t the fact that was a test driver, but that she had such a wonderful nature about herself ?ǣ always appearing bright and cheery whenever she was interviewed or on camera. Even after suffering a severe personal tragedy in her accident last year, the way she bounced back and just seemed to take it all in her stride was of testament to her strong character and I have nothing but respect for her for that.

A great loss for the entire motorsport community.

RIP, a strong woman with a kind heart taken too soon. Thoughts go out to her family and friends.

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On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher clinched his sixth world championship despite a somewhat scrappy performance in the Japanese Grand Prix ten years ago today.

His championship rival Kimi Raikkonen needed to win but could only finish second behind the other Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello. At any rate Schumacher’s eighth place was enough to assure him of a record-breaking sixth title.

Here’s a recap of the frantic race:

Image ?? Singapore GP/Sutton