Ferrari may have favoured Alonso over Massa in Australia

© F1 Pulse, 20 March 2013
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Ferrari’s decision to pit Fernando Alonso early for his second stop at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix has not gone down well with teammate Felipe Massa.

Chasing leader Adrian Sutil with Sebastian Vettel in close pursuit at the time, the two Ferrari drivers were expected to pit three or four laps later according to its strategy.

But on lap 20, Alonso entered the pit lane for an undercut, leaving Massa to continue behind the two Germans, which ensured that the double world champion rejoined the track ahead of the Force India and Red Bull when they pitted.

"I was annoyed when Fernando made his second stop before me,” Massa was quoted saying by Marca indicating that the strategy call had favoured his teammate.

The series of stops involving Alonso, Sutil and Vettel had placed the Brazilian in the lead of the Grand Prix briefly, during which he radioed his team asking, "What are we going to do?"

His race engineer Rob Smedley replied: "You've got a free track in front of you, let's see what you can do."

Massa pitted on lap 23 and rejoined behind Sutil and Vettel and eventually finished fourth.

"When you're fighting with the guy at the front and then you lose two positions, you're always disappointed," Massa was quoted saying by Autosport.

He added that Alonso had taken a risk which worked and was also helped by track conditions which favoured the Spaniard, resulting in a podium finish.

 

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