F1 » Button should have known to let me back past, says Massa

Ferrari star Felipe Massa tells McLaren-Mercedes rival Jenson Button he has nobody but himself to blame for the drive-through penalty that destroyed his podium chances in the F1 2011 curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne

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Rob01 - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 6:26 PM

Massa would be the best/ultimate source for asking who should be allowed to pass whom. So I will take it on his expert advise that he is correct on this one as well. Although when he gave this opinion he didn't have the usual tears in his eyes.


April 04, 2011 6:48 PM

monza 05 raikkonen passed alonso by cutting the chicane, didnt wait for any instructions, just let alonso back through, suzuka 05 alonso cut chicane and passed klein, waited for klein to re pass, others use a bit of initiative, jenson/mclaren hoped that the world/race stewards would turn a blind eye to it.
felipe only needs to move over for his team mate, if button can keep up with hamilton, he will understand

Seán - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 6:59 PM

Jesh!.... This is old, OLD news... Look, I read this a week ago on another site, almost verbatim. I'm getting sick of the news churning on this site. If you have NOTHING to report, then PLEASE don't recyle such drivvel.

Make's Massa look like he's whinging and digging, when in reality this was about 15 seconds of a 10-15 min interview....

This snoose fest is ....BORINGGGGGGG!!!!!....

Bob123 - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 7:10 PM

I don't see it as black and white as some. Button had to cut the chicane because of massa understeering wide and giving him no where to go. If button's nose was a head of massa maybe the penalty was the wrong one.

neally - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 7:16 PM

yes button should have conceded but in his eyes he would have lost 2 places, imo team orders should be banned and only have driver to pit radios, let the drivers racecraft show and let the drivers race

John - Unregistered

April 04, 2011 11:32 PM

Just looking at the photo... isn't Massa at least 3/4 of a car's width off the track, cutting the corner to keep Button behind?
Just thought I'd add a bit of fuel to the fire :)

Mark _

April 05, 2011 12:30 AM
Last Edited 1772 days ago

@John - nice try but the kerbs are part of the track and the rules are that you have to have at least two tires on the track. He could legally have two tires over the kerbs.

@Shrieker - even if Button was forced off of the track to avoid contact that does not entitle him to the position. Pretty much the same thing happened with Lewis and Kimi at Spa a few years ago and even then Lewis attempted to give the position back. The problem was that the stewards fealt that Lewis had gained an advantage as he was able to repass Kimi on the same straight.

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