Massa: Unbelievable, unacceptable, they didn’t do the right thing, I’m disappointed
25 November, 2013
Felipe Massa cursed race stewards for ruining his Ferrari farewell in front of his home fans at the Brazilian Grand Prix at Autodromo Carlos Pace.
The Sao Paulo driver had gone from ninth on the starting grid to fourth, with every chance of team mate Fernando Alonso handing him third as a parting gift, when he was given a drive-through penalty for fully crossing a white line at the pit lane entry.
“Unbelievable, unacceptable,” he had shouted over the team radio when told. He shook his fists as he drove through the pitlane and was still incensed after finishing the race in seventh place.
“I’m really disappointed,” he told reporters in the Interlagos paddock. “For sure [the stewards] didn’t do the right thing. If you really need to do that, you need to penalize everybody who passed there, not just me. It’s really unacceptable and I feel sorry because the race could have been completely different.”
Massa, whose last win was at Interlagos in 2008 when he missed out on the title to Britain’s Lewis Hamilton by a single point, said that Alonso had told him before the race that he would help him to the best possible send-off.
“He just came to say wherever you are behind me, I let you by,” said the Brazilian, who is moving to Williams after eight years at Ferrari.
Alonso, who had already made sure of second place overall in the Championship, finished the race in third place and paid tribute afterwards to his departing team mate.
“He’s been a fantastic team mate and even if we continue to see one another in the paddock, I will miss the relationship we have had. I wish him all the best for the future,” said the Spaniard.
Massa is being replaced at Ferrari by returning 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.
The drive-through cost Ferrari the chance of leapfrogging Mercedes for second place overall in the Championship but the Italian team still made sure that Massa was left in no doubt about their affection for him.
Given a guard of honour by mechanics as he drove out of the garage before the start of the race, they donned T-shirts afterwards thanked him for his contribution.
“I will miss the human part, you can see my relationship with Ferrari, how many friends I have here,” said Massa. “It was a very emotional day, not only for me but for everybody that is working together with me and this is what I will miss [most].”
Massa at Ferrari in numbers:
- 11 wins: three in Turkey, two in Bahrain and Brazil and once in the grands prix in France, Spain, Europe and Belgium.
- 14 fastest race laps: twice in Spain, Europe and Hungary, one each in the grands prix in Bahrain, France, Belgium, China, Japan, Brazil, Monaco and Australia.
- 15 pole positions: three in Turkey and Brazil, two in Malaysia, one each in the races in Japan, Bahrain, Spain, France, Monaco, Europe and Singapore.
- 36 podium finishes. Apart from his eleven wins, Felipe has twelve second places and thirteen thirds to his name.
- 102 points finishes.
- 139 grands prix starts.
- 885 laps in the lead of a grand prix.
- 7,928 grand prix laps completed.
- 4,268,844 kilometres covered in the lead of a grand prix.
- 39,705,012 grand prix kilometres.