Both Williams drivers had disappointing benefits at Sepang
By: GMM on March 31, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Felipe Massa stayed in front of Valtteri Bottas in the ultimate laps of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Sepang, property of the Malaysian Grand Prix, is fast turning out to be the “team orders” capital of Formula One.
Last 12 months, not only did Red Bull’s infamous “Multi 21” affair make headlines, Nico Rosberg was also controversially ordered to stay behind his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
The same did not come about in 2014. Hamilton very easily dominated the grand prix ahead of Rosberg.
The new “team orders” storm has been triggered by a tussle more than 6th place following Felipe Massa was asked by Williams to move over.
“OK Felipe, Valtteri [Bottas] is more quickly than you. Do not hold him up,” the Brazilian was advised by radio.
The buy was eerily similar to the infamous “Fernando [Alonso] is more rapidly than you” order issued by Ferrari some years ago, but this time, Massa was not listening.
Possessing ignored the order when, Massa was advised once more, “Valtteri has better tires. We need to allow him go. Do not hold him up.”
Massa once again ignored the buy, holding station ahead of his Finnish teammate and failing to pass McLaren’s Jenson Button for sixth by the finish.
“I have practically nothing to say,” Massa informed the BBC afterward. “I was just fighting to the end. That is the way I desired to do it, and I will battle for my job and for what is proper.
“I really don’;t regret what I did. I have very very good respect for the crew, and I believe they respect me and that is extremely essential,” he additional.
Speaking to Britain’s Sky, deputy group boss Claire Williams refused to rebuke Massa publicly, saying only that it had been “a difficult circumstance.”
Bottas suggested he thinks Massa should have obeyed.
“I consider there was a truly very good opportunity for me to get Jenson. I was approaching truly speedily but, like I stated, we need to have to talk with the crew,” he said.
Niki Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman and also a triple drivers’ planet champion, indicated he thinks Massa did nothing incorrect.
“It is something that could be a difficulty for us [Mercedes] in the long term,” he mentioned.
“Racing drivers are racing drivers they race for themselves. I would do exactly the exact same, and my drivers would do the same,” Lauda stated.
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