F1 » Massa gearbox change confirmed

Ferrari WILL change Felipe Massa's gearbox in order to help team-mate Fernando Alonso's chances in the USGP.

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Sasa - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:09 PM

It is to much money and politics involved and this is nothing new, we should not be surprised! Why double DRS system on Red Bull is not banned?! Toro Rosso, moved without the fight, last race to let Vettel pass I call that cheating!? Why is mostly Button having issue with cars ( are they using him for testing new parts, is that cheating )?! Why people don't run last session? To save tires! Is that cheating as well? Team orders are nothing new, and this is just another part of F1. Red Bull would have done it exactly the same.

Kevin - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:10 PM

This is a legal move, thus they have the right to do it, even if it's Massa once again under the Fernando bus. This also moves a couple of crash test dummies to the dirty side: Grosjean and Senna. Button will likely attempt to come around the right side of Massa and the carbon shredding gaggle, which will likely result in three abreast heading into blind turn one, maybe 4, considering Maldonado may barrel across the apex curb with all wheels locked up. Gonna be some fun in grand ole Texas!

will_g - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:16 PM

If Alonso wins the title then it will tainted. So unfair on the other teams/drivers who are now srarting on the dirty side of the track. I hope those teams have lodged a complaint.

Yernar - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:17 PM


That's exactly what I wanted to say. But unfortunately for majority it's ok when others, including Red Bull, use team orders. But when Ferrari does something like that, they are cheaters. Strange thing..


November 18, 2012 6:19 PM

when i reported this before the news broke, some posters accused me of inventing conspiracy theories!

anyway, i dont like the moe and i normally admire ferrari. stewards could have applied a different penalty and ensured that alonsos position stayed unchanged. but this action will not endear f1 to the americans! so ferrari have done f1 a disservice.

Elle - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:20 PM

It is a shame that the first race on this track has to start controversially in this manner.
People are dragging up Singapore 08 but the difference is that Singapore was blatantly rigging a race in Alonso's favour and this is blatantly rigging the grid in Alonso's favour. Tactics like this shouldn't be condoned nor applauded.

Mark _

November 18, 2012 6:20 PM

You do what it takes to win championships. Plus I thought that most people were ok with team orders in the last couple of races. The people against this probable don't like Ferrari or Alonso anyway.

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