F1 » 'Lucky' Massa was too low in car to see grid slot at Spa

Felipe Massa has confessed that he was 'lucky' not to receive a penalty in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps after accidentally overshooting his grid slot due to visibility issues inside the cockpit of his Ferrari F10

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September 10, 2010 5:53 PM

They do but as he said he couldn't see anything. So as far as he was concerned he didn't need to go anywhere. It's my theory that being the first time in six years he had the problem. He was trying to help alonso by getting a drive thru. The race was wet and Ferrari or Massa couldn't stand the thought of having FA double parked and losing points if rain tires were needed.


September 10, 2010 6:21 PM

Happy to help you out Calvin.

F1 cars have a reverse gear, but these are designed to satisfy the regulations rather than being of much practical use. Most teams build a very small and flimsy reverse gear on the outside of the gearbox to help keep the weight of the gearbox down, as reverse gear is seldom used (apart from the odd trip down an escape road at Monaco...)


September 10, 2010 6:58 PM

rob i have seen reverse used on many occasions, after offs. it is not easy to select so as to avoid accidental selection, but it can be done.
incidentally, have you ever sat in an f1 car? a normal driver can barely see the top of the tyres, and their position on the grid is normally taken by guess work and by looking at the marshall at the side. look at the utube footage, the marshal appears to be missing. placing on track whilst racing, is by feel and aiming.


September 10, 2010 7:03 PM

I'm not buying that. Ten bucks Massa nails the starting box this race as he has done for six years straight. I have NEVER heard ONE driver say he was nervous about finding the starting box. Ferrari had nothing to lose by trying it and it seems Massa already had an alibi ready. Ferrari have already thrown the team orders in our face once so doing it again made no difference.


September 10, 2010 8:41 PM

rob. as you seem to be having some difficulty today, i will explain again. in an f1 car, it is impossible to see the ground in front of you. all you see are the tops of the front wheels. you position yourself by driving straight, and looking sideways at the marshal, who is holding up a yellow board. when the board is lowered, you are in your designated position. massa could not see the lines, and the marshal indicated that he was in position. there was NO conspiracy, no matter what you want to create.
the fia say that the marshal was at fault. he lowered his board and moved from position.

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