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Massa was unwilling to surrender track position
Not for the first time this season, the controversial issue of team orders again reared its ugly head in Japan, and led to another driver being unhappy.
First, there was Sebastian Vettel ignoring his team’s “multi-21” order in Malaysia and fighting his way past Mark Webber. Last weekend saw a disgruntled Romain Grosjean forced to concede position to teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
The latest controversy saw Ferrari’s Felipe Massa given the radio message "multi-function strategy A, now please" by race engineer Rob Smedley whilst running fifth with Fernando Alonso behind him.
According to Autosport, Massa was unhappy with the order, but Alonso downplayed the situation.
We cannot make a big thing about this. We are racing and whatever we do today, we finished more or less in the same positions because we could not achieve anything more. I don't know exactly what happened, but zero problems. Sometimes it is easy, and sometimes it is more difficult, especially when the performance is not super.