Felipe Massa has admitted that, if instructed, he will move over to let his teammate Fernando Alonso pass him at Interlagos. The 2011 season finale is the 30-year-old Brazilian’s home race, and he is also a crowd favourite and two-time winner (in 2006 and 2008).
But he has not had a good season alongside Ferrari teammate Alonso, who retains an outside chance of beating Jenson Button to the runner-up spot in the drivers’ championship.
“If the situation like that happens, I will be professional and obey,” Massa, who controversially moved over for Alonso at Hockenheim last year, told the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper.
But unlike in 2010, when Massa was told cryptically that “Fernando is faster than you”, team orders are now completely legal in F1.
“For my part, it was the most professional way to deal with the situation. As is the case in any business, when you get an order you have to do it. I think any professional driver would do the same, even if at the same time it is not easy.”