Dr. Helmut Marko thinks Felipe Massa should retire. The rebuke comes after the lapped Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, held up Max Verstappen in the closing stages of the Dutchman’s pursuit of Suzuka winner Lewis Hamilton.
The Brazilian F1 veteran, who believes he still has a lot to offer Williams F1 as they consider over who will be Lance Stroll’s team-mate next year, claimed he had no room to let Verstappen through.
“Max had the pace to attack Hamilton,” Marko, the Red Bull official, told ORF broadcaster.
“It cannot be that when the leaders approach you only move over after so many corners. Without the episode we would have had an exciting end.
“It would be better if Massa retires,” the Austrian added.
The Brazilian officially retired from Formula 1 before being called up to drive for Williams this year as Valtteri Bottas’ replacement.
Massa explained in the past that he is “not stressed” about continuing in the sport, and whatever happens will be fine by him. However, it’s doubtful that Massa would agree with Marko on these conditions. When asked for his thoughts about the situation, He explained that it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“The problem is that I let Lewis by on the straight and then you had so many Esses,” Massa said.
“I was behind Lewis, losing, being very close to him so I was going to let Max past after corner seven, which is what I did,” he said.
“So at the end when I get to sector one, it is very difficult to park the car. I was fighting with Fernando, as well,” he added.
“I understand that maybe it was the last lap, a nice fight for you guys to see on the television, but I did maybe five corners, one after the other and then I let him by.”