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Massa: penalty cost me a chance of a podium

The Brazilian driver criticized the stewards for his drive-through penalty: “Sometimes they think they are kings”
Sunday, November 24, 2013

Interlagos, BRAZIL, November 24th, 2013 (F1Plus / Bruno Ferreira) - Felipe Massa believes he could have finished the 2013 Brazilian GP on the podium if he hadn't been penalized in the race this Sunday. Around halfway through the race, the Ferrari driver received a drive-through penalty for crossing the white line on the pit lane entry, which dropped him to the eighth place.

The Brazilian driver finished seventh, although he thinks he had the pace to be in fourth position – which could have became a podium if his teammate, Fernando Alonso, let him past as he said he would do.

Massa made his anger evident by shouting with the stewards via radio and, after the race, said that the penalty was unfair. “It was really a shame. I was having a great race. For sure, they didn’t do the right thing. If you really need to do the right thing, you need to penalise everybody and not just me. It was really unacceptable”, he said.

“I feel sorry because the race would have been completely different. I would have finished fourth and Fernando for sure would let me by in the end. The stewards sometimes think they are kings, but they don’t know what to do.”

Now a former Ferrari driver, Massa said he will miss his Ferrari days, although he’s excited for his challenge at Williams. “I will miss the human part. You can see, it’s pretty clear how is my relationship with Ferrari and how many friends I have here. It was a very emotional day not just for me but also for everyone who worked together with me. This is what I’ll miss more,” he said.

“Now I need to get used to different colours, to a different car. But I’m really excited for my future and I’m 100% motivated to try to do everything I can to bring Williams back to the fight.”

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