Moss: Massa right to ignore team orders
2 April 2014 – Sir Stirling Moss believes Felipe Massa made the right decision to ignore team orders in the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend and not concede seventh place to Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
“If it’s not written into the contract that you must let your team-mate through, you’re racing him as much as anyone else on the track – and if it were in the contract I wouldn’t sign it,” Moss told Motor Sport Magazine.com when asked for his opinion on the matter. “I only made an exception for one person and that was for [Juan Manuel] Fangio and out of respect.”
“There might be other grounds, later in the season if only one of you has a shot at the title but this was race two! In his shoes I’d have done exactly the same as Massa,” added Moss, who was F1 vice-champion four-times in 1955, 1956, 1957 and 1958.
Williams meanwhile have insisted that the matter has now been resolved.
“We have sat down with both drivers to talk through what happened here in Malaysia," Williams Chief Test and Support Engineer Rod Nelson told Autosport.com. “They understand the team's position and why they were asked to do what we asked them to do, which was strategically what we felt was best for the team, allowing each driver to attack [Jenson] Button individually to try and get ahead. It's now been addressed and we have moved on as a team.
“Our focus is now on Bahrain.”