Massa: Unbelievable, unacceptable, they didn’t do the right thing, I’m disappointed

25 November, 2013

Felipe Massa with the Ferrari team at the end of his last race with the team

Felipe Massa with the Ferrari team at the end of his last race with the team

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.”

Felipe Massa versus  Lewis Hamilton was a brief race highlight

Felipe Massa versus Lewis Hamilton was a brief race highlight

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.

Felipe Massa at the end of the Brazilian GP

Felipe Massa at the end of the Brazilian GP

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].”

Felipe Massa with Stefano Domenicali on the final day

Felipe Massa with Stefano Domenicali on the final day

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.

(Reuters)


  • TT

    Come on Felipe, look at the videos. Even your right wheels are inside the line by several meters repeatedly. But I still would have preferred Felipe on the podium in Brasil instead of Alo, as long as he had achieved it by his own driving.

  • ZombieJebus

    Massa is right to be disappointed. i just reviewed the race again and it’s obvious he is hardly the only driver to use that line. Ridiculous, imo… especially as there is no rule against it and there is actually precedent from the past several GPs there.

    Interlagos is as outdated as F1 circuits come. I can’t wait to see it rebuilt and improved!

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