Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2013

Massa unhappy with Ferrari team orders

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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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  1. Don’t know exactly what to say, I’m kinda sorry for him, but he got what he offered. The car is not good, I know, but Alonso is 2nd in the standings and has more than twice points than him (again !), while he’s in 7th position. His contribution in the team not only is minimal, but he makes a fuss for being told to make room for his team mate, although they were fighting for 5th. He’s out of the team anyway, so in my opinion he should keep his mouth shut, obey orders and keep good relations with the team. He might find something to do at Ferrari after his F1 career will be over.

  2. I really wish they would use again “Fernando is faster than you”. This way all the websites, forums, newspapers would have stories for at least the next two weeks.

    Regarding Massa all I can say is “less talk and more action”. All this “I am a bad boy” and then doing nothing in the race is… actually this is Massa. I really hope he will not do anything incredible stupid in the last races.

  3. Team orders have their place, and the drivers should listen to them… but in this case, come-on, seriously? what are Ferrari doing? Alonso has no chance at the title, Ferrari conceded the championship during the past week, they have an outgoing loyal servant of the team of many years, what are they doing? trying to give Massa a kick in the guts for goodbyes? let them race.
    And what of Vettel telling his team on the radio to keep webber away from him? this coming after his ignoring of team orders… shows who is boss at redbull, Vettel and not Horner et al.

    1. And what of Vettel telling his team on the radio to keep webber away from him? this coming after his ignoring of team orders…

      Don’t start inventing things. Vettel asked for Perez to be shown blue flags when he was about to lap him.

  4. Massa must have thought “what would Kimi do in my situation?”
    …cant wait for 2014 ! :)

    1. @barkun Alonso better start getting used to his teammate “forgetting” what Multi Strategy A meams ;)

  5. Funny how they used a meaningless code, but the first (and only) thing I thought when I heard that was ‘Multifunction *cough* Fernando is faster than you *cough* Strategy A’.

    Should have let him through. I don’t agree with a driver giving up a victory on team orders unless it’s absolutely critical to their team-mate’s title hopes (and even then I don’t like it), but giving up 5th is a different matter.

  6. @celeste I disagree that FM has never complained about the Ferrari way. He did exactly that after Hockenheim 2010, much to many people’s delight. And he also re-signed with them after that, so what are people to think? As to why Ferrari would give a team order at this point? Their answer to that would likely be…why not? FA has earned and is the one rooster this year and FM is leaving so I don’t see any surprise here. If it made no difference in the WCC then why wouldn’t they rather FA have the points? He’s their man going forward, not FM, so I find the order ‘Fernando hold station’ almost unimaginable.

    1. Silly iPad…that remark belonged on the first page.

  7. I think it was a bit of a no-win situation for Massa (figuratively speaking). If Hockenheim 2010 was any indication, following team orders would have led to him being pilloried in the Brazilian press for still being Alonso’s lap dog, offset only by approval from a team that has already given him the boot. Disobeying team orders would lead to…well, exactly what you’re seeing now. Some accusations of disloyalty, some ridicule for not doing it three years ago — but also some applause, and also the opportunity to race, whatever the outcome. Given those two options, I know what I’d choose.

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