Malaysia not the time for Formula One group orders, says Massa: Massa calls and#8216controversyand#8217 much ado about practically nothing

Massa calls ‘controversy’ significantly ado about absolutely nothing

By: Adam Cooper on 4/03/2014

During the Malaysian Grand Prix, Massa was ordered to move aside for teammate Valtteri Bottas, but he ignored the order.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Felippe Massa mentioned that the Williams crew orders scenario in Malaysia was a mistake.

Felipe Massa says that the Malaysian Grand Prix Formula One particular group orders saga was “a error,” and insists that the Williams crew now supports his viewpoint.

Massa was told to move in excess of for teammate Valtteri Bottas as the staff felt that he had a much better opportunity of attacking Jenson Button for sixth, but Massa opted to stay put. He insists that it had not been discussed in advance.

“This scenario was not discussed, certainly, prior to the championship,” he explained. “Anyway what is occurred in the last race was a error. And this will come from the team as properly, not just myself.

“What took place in the last race was not correct, and I’;m certain the group will answer as well, what’;s happened. Every thing was clear in the table, I put my tips in the table, with everybody within the group, and I think which is the most essential thing. Going into information now, this and that, will not be the appropriate factor. The appropriate factor will be to speak inside, and I spoke, and I have no troubles to say what I did in the final race for me was the appropriate issue to do.

“For positive I’;m a extremely expert driver, I usually was, and I will carry on being quite professional, carrying out the ideal for my group, but doing the proper point as properly, performing the very best for myself as properly. We know that we want to do the greatest for the staff all the time, but absolutely I race for myself as nicely. My job is very critical to me.”

His major stage was that Malaysia was not the appropriate time for team orders.

“Everything is agreed inside the group now. I have no difficulty to perform for the crew when it is necessary, and when it truly is the correct time.

“Team orders is part of our sport, but it wants to be component of our sport when it truly is essential, and I believe everybody here is intelligent adequate to realize when it’;s needed and when it truly is not needed, and this is when it counts.”

Massa admitted that the truth that the infamous phrase “faster than you” was utilised, as in the Alonso/Hockenheim affair, had not gone unnoticed. “Also in the same phrases as nicely! It was funny…”

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