Massa: I made a different strategy decision to the Ferrari engineers
27 October, 2013
Felipe Massa has revealed that he passed over Ferrari’s strategy advice in devising his own race plans for the Indian Grand Prix.
The Brazilian, who is leaving the Italian team after an eight-year career in red, said that his engineers had wanted him to qualify on the longer-lasting, harder tyres.
“I made a different decision to them,” Massa is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace. ”At the Nurburgring I did what the engineers said and it didn’t work, so I took a different decision this time.”
The strategy, with Massa on the fast-wearing Soft tyres, is the same as pole sitter Sebastian Vettel’s, who would like to wrap up his title on Sunday with a win.
In the same car as Massa, teammate Fernando Alonso is three places behind the Brazilian on the grid. But the Spaniard said he was unwilling to qualify on the Soft tyre.
“I don’t want to be always critical of the tyres,” he is quoted by Italy’s Autosprint, “but these [Soft] tyres are not good.
“It’s a fact. It’s random. Yesterday on a set of Softs I did 16 laps with good times. Today I could only do three until they disintegrated,” he was quoted after qualifying, by Spain’s Marca. ”So the race will depend on the tyres, because no two sets are alike.”
Alonso admitted that, if a “normal” race takes place on Sunday, Vettel will easily be crowned world champion. (GMM)
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