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 6:31 PM

I think it is to much fuss about something that it is nothing new. On the end of the day, for Americans it is better this way, because they would not understand why would Massa move for Alonso during the race! On the end of the day, there is still the race to be done, and it is a long way until chequered flag!

mrfill

November 18, 2012 6:37 PM

Red Bull are quite a bit faster than the rest so I suppose Webber deliberately let Hamilton beat him in order to get a better grid position.

What other penalty could be applied by the stewards, without them being in breach of the regs?

When designers come up with something innovative that others haven't spotted, they are called genius - even when it is declared against the rules. When a quite legal team strategy is applied there are howls of complaint. Funny old world.

Pixie - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:40 PM

It's not clever and it is not sporting. It is an obvious abuse of the rules.
Team orders exist but this is too much.
People have been penalised harshly for much less.

blah - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:41 PM

Ferrari is spending what 300? million a year to win the championship. For that price they are free to do what they want when they are this close to winning it.

RealF1 - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:46 PM

So sad that people can't distinguish between team orders and cheating. Team orders is Massa letting Alonso pass him on track. Cheating is deliberately obtain a penalty to change a result. What next? Use Massa as a battering ram to wipe out opponents? Get some perpective people.

AlonsoFanBoi - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 6:54 PM

Guys, don't for one minute think RBR wouldn't have done the exact same thing, only difference would be they would've covered it up as a "recently discovered Webber gearbox issue". As Ferrari rightfully put all their eggs in FA's basket, we all know RBR would/are/always have been doing this for Vettel and Webber told to hush or leave. If this Massa decision leads to a title fight in the last race why complain? Enjoy the race.

Pixie - Unregistered

November 18, 2012 7:02 PM

There is a massive difference between a hypothetical problem and deliberately ham-stringing a team-mate.

Neither option is right.

It may be within 'legal limits' but it does not change the fact that it is against, for lack of a better phrase, the spirit of the sport.

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