F1 » Ferrari 'planning Massa gearbox change'?


Ferrari have confirmed that they are analysing whether to change the gearbox in Felipe Massa's car due to an 'unspecified problem', which could see Massa drop five grid positions.

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fiat500 - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 4:06 PM

Ferrari is going to apply team orders BEFORE the race even starts...!
wow, this is really fked up

maybe they'll manage to add something into Vettel fuel too...

safeeuropeanhome - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 4:13 PM

If Ferrari do this then Red Bull should just do the same with Webber's. Definitely against the spirit of competition but I am extremely dubious as to whether Massa's gearbox is faulty, and it would serve them right if there is nothing wrong with it.

Alonso would go up to 6th, but crucially would be back on the dirty side of the grid. Take that Ferrari!

nick - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 4:21 PM

massa needs a new gearbox because he as out qualified alonso.nothing wrong with gearbox but it moves alonso up the grid...if alonso as any morrals he would want to move up the grid with out massa being shafted....hope to god vetel wraps title up this weekend ...i hate the thought of alonso winning it..hope he never wins another title...hope he never wins one at ferrari...hes half the driver schumacher was

windows69 - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 4:21 PM

This is right. Sports is a business about winning, not about morals.

(Best thing would have been giving Massa the order to crash into Vettel, but he's too far away...)

Kevin - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 4:21 PM

Strategically sound using Ferrari logic. Puts Massa behind Fernando, moves Fernando from the dirty side 8th grid slot to the cleaner 7th slot, and moves Massa to the clean side as well in 11th. The real issue is whether that means anything. Button claims the right side is not any better, that there is no rubber anywhere on the grid, so if Ferrari does this, and the grip is no different, they just threw Massa under the bus for no gain, and potentially a loss of WCC points at the end of the day.

jimmy - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 4:26 PM

If the rules allow this... WHY NOT? For me, moves like this make racing more interesting. Team orders and 'behind the curtain' politics have always been a part of the racing world.

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