Massa unhappy at team orders

Massa unhappy at team orders

Sauber's Felipe Massa was not best pleased when team orders were called into play at the German Grand Prix, which eventually had team mate Nick Heidfeld scoring the championship point Massa thinks should have been his. The Brazilian was behind the...

Sauber's Felipe Massa was not best pleased when team orders were called into play at the German Grand Prix, which eventually had team mate Nick Heidfeld scoring the championship point Massa thinks should have been his. The Brazilian was behind the BAR of Olivier Panis when Sauber ordered him to move over and let Heidfeld through.

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld.
Photo by Sauber Petronas.
Panis later retired from the race and Massa believes the team orders should have been reversed: "I understand why I had to let Heidfeld by but why did he not return the place to me later on?' Massa said in the Swiss press.

"That would have been fair because that world championship point belonged to me. I think I proved that I can race well. It's good to see the team earn another point, but of course I wish I could have been the one to score it."

Boss Peter Sauber did not clarify the situation, only saying it was a hard decision but it had to be made: "Clearly it was a rather unpleasant thing for me to have to do but I can at least say that it was justified."

Sauber recently said he intended to pick up the option he has on Heidfeld but Massa's place in the team is yet to decided. Although he declared himself happy with his two drivers earlier in the season, Sauber added that he was also keeping an eye on the driver market.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Olivier Panis , Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber