Valtteri Bottas
Apr 3

Massa says Malaysian GP team orders a ‘mistake’

Felipe Massa held on to lead teammate Valterri Bottas home in Malaysia, despite team orders to let him by. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa held on to lead teammate Valtteri Bottas home in Malaysia, despite team orders to let him by. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa says that the Malaysian GP team orders saga was “a mistake” by Williams – and insists that the team supports his opinion.

Massa insists that it had not been discussed in advance.

Mar 30

F1: Massa Stands By Decision To Ignore Team Orders In Malaysia

Felipe Massa finished seventh in the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa finished seventh in the Malaysian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams driver Felipe Massa is standing by his decision to ignore team orders to let teammate Valtteri Bottas pass him in the closing stages of Sunday’s Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, saying the team should recognize he has his own interests to pursue in the drivers’ championship.

Massa was repeatedly told to let Bottas past to enable the Finn to chase the McLaren of Jenson Button, but Massa refused to make way, and finished seventh and Bottas eighth, with Button holding on for sixth.

Mar 18

We must watch Red Bull and Williams, says Wolff

Valtteri Bottas exiting pit road during practice at Australia. (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas exiting pit road during practice at Australia. (Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Toto Wolff is not underestimating the opposition, and the Mercedes boss says both Williams and Red Bull could have been more competitive in Australia

Wolff suggested that Red Bull would have been more of a threat had Sebastian Vettel not had a troubled weekend.

“If you see where they [RBR] were two weeks ago, we need to be very careful,” said Wolff. “We haven’t seen Sebastian running with a reliable car and a fast car, and you would expect him, with his experience, to go even faster. So we have to keep on pushing.”

While his Williams team mate Felipe Massa was out at the first corner, Valterri Bottas was one of the few drivers who could overtake in Australia, and he finished fifth despite losing time when he clipped the wall early on.

“I guess if you look at Valtteri’s pace before he hit the wall, and then I think his steering wheel was not completely straight, and then his pace afterwards, I would say if they have a normal race and they qualify better than here, probably they would have ended up on the podium. I’m quite sure they would have ended up on the podium.”

Mar 15

F1: Bottas, Gutierrez Hit With Gearbox Penalties

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas was an early race favorite, but now faces a five-place grid penalty. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez will both take five-place grid penalties in Australia after being forced to change their gearboxes.

All teams put their race gearboxes in for today, and both drivers suffered problems almost immediately having recorded only two laps apiece. Their teams have confirmed that they will need a change.

Under the 2014 rules, gearboxes are supposed to complete six consecutive Saturday/Sundays. Gearbox use remains free on Fridays.

Mar 13

F1: Alonso Quickest, Hamilton Struggles In First Practice

Fernando Alonso rounds the bend during first practice at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso rounds the bend during first practice at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in Friday’s opening practice for the Australian Grand Prix, while pre-race favorite Lewis Hamilton was one of several drivers to strike trouble as entire field struggled to master their all-new engines and radically redesigned cars ahead of the Formula 1 season opener.

Hamilton was unable to complete a single lap after his Mercedes engine automatically shut down due to an oil pressure alarm on his first tour of the Albert Park circuit. With repairs to the complex V6 turbo hybrid engines taking much longer than last year’s powertrains, Hamilton was unable to emerge in the next 90 minutes.

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