Massa sure relationship with Williams unharmed

By on Thursday, April 3, 2014
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

Felipe Massa has insisted that his relationship with Williams is fine, despite the team's attempt to implement team orders during last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Massa was running in seventh place during the latter stages of the race but did not concede his position to team-mate Valtteri Bottas, despite Williams instructing Massa to allow the Finn a chance at attacking Jenson Button for sixth place.

"I don't think it damaged the relationship," Massa told Autosport about the situation. When I do something that is my mistake, I will be the first one to say sorry and the team was the first to say sorry here. What happened at the last race was not correct. I'm sure the team will say that as well.

"I put my ideas on the table with everybody inside the team and everything was clear. Everything should be fine and I believe what's happened in the last race won't happen again until it's the right time for it to happen. It was not the correct time at the last race."

Bottas believes that the situation could have been handled better by the team.

"I think it's clear as a team there are definitely some things we could have done better in Malaysia," he said. But we will learn from that. Maybe the situation could have been better explained.

"I could have had a go at Button but if I couldn't do it then maybe he would get his position back. We'll know for the future. In the end you are an employee for the team and you work for the team, so me it's really clear what to do."

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