Massa's Father Confirms Team Orders at Ferrari

Felipe Massa's father confirmed it loud and clear for anyone who had any doubts about Ferrari's team orders in the German Grand Prix. Race engineer Rob Smedley's message to the Brazilian driver with less than 20 laps to go in the race was a clear team order, which Massa chose to obey as part of the hierarchy at Ferrari.

Although it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out in the first place, Massa Snr. wanted to make it clear enough for all the newspapers in Brazil that kept criticizing his son for letting Alonso pass him in the race. Echoing the words of the Ferrari driver, Luiz Antonio Massa argued that his son works for Ferrari and has to do what Ferrari tells him to do.

It is regrettable and unfortunate that Ferrari took this decision. It is clear to everyone that this was a team order. Like any good employee, Felipe must obey the boss; there is a hierarchy and he followed orders showing loyalty,” said Massa's father in an interview with Brazilian television CATV, as reported by Italian newspaper Libero.

Asked if he agrees with team orders, Luiz Antonio admitted that he doesn't see why not, but only as long as a single driver in the lineup has title chances in the championship. At the time of the German GP, Massa – 30 points behind Alonso before the race started – still had some slim chances of making a title fight return for the second half of the season.

It is a good choice when only one of the two drivers has no mathematical chance, but this was not the case. Both still had a chance to win,” he added.

This weekend, the F1 caravan will travel to Hungaroring for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the last round before summer break. Although this may seem like another go for a race win for several drivers, Massa's return to Hungary will be emotional to say the least, after his near-death experience at this circuit a year back.
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