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Massa frustrated with Mercedes drivers over formation laps

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Felipe Massa has recommended the governing body FIA to look into the slow-speed of formation laps following expressing frustration at Mercedes’ behaviour in British Grand Prix on last Sunday.

The Brazilian was drop down at the start of Silverstone race following his clutch overheated on the way to the starting grid.

The Williams speedy was then caught up in an opening lap crash with Kimi Raikkonen, its forced out him to retire, and he insists that his primary clutch issues were stop twice on the slow-formation lap, headed by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

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“I’m sure if you check, our formation lap in the last race (Austria) when we were in front was much quicker than the normal races,” he is quoted as saying by Autosport.

“They [Mercedes] go slow for a reason, sometimes it’s not good for the other teams. The FIA are saying we can’t go so slow, but they are not penalising everybody.

“I stopped two times [at Silverstone]. I pulled the clutch, I was waiting. They are doing it for a reason. They [Mercedes] never say if they’re going so slow, why?”

The same issue of speed in the formation laps come out in grand’s prix from the Barcelona, various drivers’ complaints about the laps to the starting grid having been too slow this season.

After the Spanish Grand Prix, world champion Sebastian Vettel said about the formation laps: “They are too slow. We’ve talked about that and we’ll see what happens.”

Also the race director Charlie Whiting is reported to have warned drivers as to the potential consequences of driving too slowly. (Images © Williams Martini Racing)

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