Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2013

Massa unhappy with Ferrari team orders

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2013In the round-up: Felipe Massa says he was unhappy at being told to let Fernando Alonso past during the Japanese Grand Prix after refusing to comply with the order.


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Ferrari lets Massa’s snub slide (ESPN)

“It was an instruction. I am never happy with an instruction.”

Alonso downplays team orders row (Autosport)

“We cannot make a big thing about this. We are racing and whatever we do today, we finished more or less in the same positions because we could not achieve anything more.”

Hulkenberg denies signing 2014 deal (Sky)

“I’m sure it will happen in the next couple of weeks, I’m confident we will get something sorted.”

Alonso concedes F1 title to rival Vettel (BBC)

“Even if Vettel doesn’t finish all of the races I need to win nearly all, so it’s a matter of time.”

Hamilton rues luck as Vettel closes in on title (The Guardian)

“The floor was destroyed. I was two seconds down per lap. The car was pulling to the right.”

Don’t criticise Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull for doing their jobs (The Guardian)

Christian Horner: “So many times the drivers talk about what they want from the car, rather than trying to understand the car. Sebastian is able to adjust, to understand what the car needs to go quick.”

Lotus investor Infinity changes name to Quantum (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Lotus F1 investor Infinity Racing Partners has changed its name to avoid the unfortunate clash with Infiniti Red Bull Racing.”


Comment of the day

Max Jacobson is pleased to see Massa stick up for himself:

I admire Massa?s defiance immensely. Even if it was ultimately pointless, it shows he?s not simply Alonso’s whipping boy ?ǣ that can only be a good thing!
Max Jacobson (@Vettel1)

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On this day in F1

Mika Hakkinen started his final F1 race on this day in 2001 at Suzuka. At the time it was billed as the beginning of a sabbatical, but there was little surprise the following year when he confirmed he wasn’t returning.

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