It is safe to say that not many are fond of the excessive penalties that are levied in F1. This is especially true for on-track incidents, which is slowly discouraging wheel-to-wheel action. To that end, former F1 driver Felipe Massa took a sly dig at Formula One on social media.
He posted a video of one of his most famous battles, with Robert Kubica at the Japanese Grand Prix in Fuji. In the soaking wet conditions, Massa and Kubica were almost wheel-to-wheel on several occasions.
In all honesty, it was an amazing piece of racing between two drivers who knew the value of respecting space. There were occasions where both drivers had to take to the grass to avoid contact, but they knew that all was fair in love and war.
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Amazing battle in 2007 with my friend and a fantastic driver @robertkubica_real If we repeat that now it will be 15 minutes penalty for both !! 😂😂 grande batalha com o Amigo e grande piloto @robertkubica_real ! se repetirmos isso agora sera 15 minutos penalização para os dois !! Kkkkk @f1
In the end, Massa’s Ferrari managed to get ahead of Kubica’s BMW Sauber and eventually finished in 6th, with the latter in 7th. The race was won by Lewis Hamilton, then with McLaren, with Heikki Kovalainen and Kimi Raikkonen joining him on the podium.
Felipe Massa is quite right in his post, because during the famous duel he pushed Kubica off the track several times and crossed corners, and the Pole answered him the same. This shows how much the judges’ approach to racing in F1 has changed over just over a decade. It is not surprising, therefore, that this year the drivers appealed to stewards to be allowed to perform hard but fair prosecution, because this is sometimes missing in Formula 1.
The Brazilian is currently racing in Formula E, which he joined last year with Venturi. Currently, Felipe Massa has been retained for another season, and will be looking forward to the first race in Ad Diriyah in Saudi Arabia. He will be partnered by Edoardo Mortara, for the second season in a row.