Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2013

Massa slams stewards for “unacceptable” penalty

2013 Brazilian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2013A furious Felipe Massa condemned the Brazilian Grand Prix stewards for giving him a drive-through penalty during the Brazilian Grand Pix.

Massa was penalised for crossing the white line at the entrance to pit lane during the race, something drivers had been warned about several times over the race weekend.

“I think it’s pretty unacceptable to be honest,” Massa told reporters after the race. “Why I mean a drive-through for this?”

“I’m sure I was not the only car which crossed that line. And I was the only one who got a drive-through for that.

“I didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t overtake any cars outside of the track.

“But it’s like that, they believe they have all the power, they believe they know everything and normally they doing a lot of things which his not right you know, which is not correct. And it’s a shame.”

Massa said he could have taken fourth place had it not been for the penalty and said team mate Fernando Alonso, who finished third, would have let him by to score a podium finish in his final race for Ferrari.

“The race today would have been in the fourth place and maybe even third, you know, Fernando was maybe going to back off at the end, you know, let me by. The race would have been much better than what it was for the result.”

2003 Brazilian Grand Prix FIA race day pit line rules guidePrior to the race the stewards issued several warnings to drivers about not cutting the white lines at the pit lane entrance on safety grounds. Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez were both given reprimands for not obeying the guidance during practice.

Ahead of the race the stewards issued document number 44 including an image (right) showing drivers which line they must not cross during the race. This was referred to in their explanation for Massa’s penalty:

“The driver crossed the white line at pit entry with all four wheels, this line was defined in the race director’s note to teams document 44 as being the track edge.”

Massa ended his final race for Ferrari in seventh place and gave thanks to his team after the race: “[I] also just need to say thank you to everybody who worked together, everybody who gave me the opportunity to race for Ferrari”.

“But also everybody who works in the team you know the engineers, the mechanics, I mean everybody. thank you to everybody I will be around definitely, I’m not going anywhere, I will be around.”

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Image ?? Ferrari/Ercole Colombo