F1 » Domenicali: 'Team orders' not a story


Neither Stefano Domenicali or Fernando Alonso feel there is any need to make an issue out of Felipe Massa's decision to ignore instructions to move over for his team-mate in the Japanese GP.

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Hadders

October 14, 2013 1:27 PM

I don't quite understand why he's decided he's "racing for himself" now all of a sudden that he's not being retained by Ferrari.

This basically means that all the times he's moved over in the past have been so that they keep hold of him. Stupid really.

Surely all this stuff is in his contract to move over if required. And just because he is not being retained for next season doesn't mean he can do whatever he likes, as he's still under contract.

Taipan

October 14, 2013 1:39 PM

It wasn't really Felipe's finest hour, ignored team orders and got overtaken anyway, then got done for speeding in the pit lane.
He'd probably have retained more dignity if he'd played the team game and let Alonso past.

Firestorm

October 14, 2013 3:51 PM

Felipe was instructed by his team(s) since the start of his F1 career. I still remember the 2002 German GP when the Sauber team instructed him to let past Heidfeld and he lamented on the radio about it. After that Felipe looked to estabilish himself as a frontrunner but 8 years later, at the same track(Hockenheim), another team order, denied him a victory and highlighted Alonso's dominance inside the Ferrari team for four years.

fafaforza

October 15, 2013 1:03 AM

Pretty pathetic that with no chance of a driver's title, Ferrari still try to take a position from one driver to give to another.

It will be interesting to see what will happen with bullheaded Kimi there. I wish he'd stay at Lotus. Never liked him being in a Ferrari.

This was a new low for these lying sacks of...

csmith

October 15, 2013 2:11 AM

If he had done frm 3 years ago, he wouldnt have been in this spot. Anyways since Alonso is a poor qualifier, this will happen in the upcoming races too. And if massa does not leave way for him in teh next few races, 2014 will start with Kimi following the same. Alonso for sure rues that but will not be able to do anything at all

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