DaveKillens wrote:If Massa had conveniently run wide and slow, and allowed Kimi to pass, then it would have been too obvious. But since Massa came into the pits, and in a way penalized himself, it's hard to cry foul. I watched the Ferrari pit stops on a race replay, and both cars were in synch in the first three stops, each coming in close together and each getting relatively the same amout of time in pit stops. If Kimi had been able to run the rest of the race after his third pit stop, then Massa should have been able to also.
I could tell you what Jean Todt told Jonathan Noble from autosport: "If you take your piece of paper and write you will understand very clearly. I'm sure you can manage
", but you seem not to be able to do the math, so lets go through this together (please don't take this personally):
First round of stops: Massa in on lap 2, Kimi on lap 3.
Second round: Kimi in on lap 15, Massa on lap 16. So far so good.
Now the tricky part: Massa goes in for his drive through
on lap 21, Kimi stays out until lap 41 and from there to the finish. Massa isn't allowed to take fuel on his drive through - I'm sure you knew that - which means he has to get in again, to get even with Kimi (to be in sync, as you put it), so he goes in on lap 59. This means that Massa was on a 43 laps stint, which I'm sure you'll agree is reasonable, to say the least.
Had he not pitted he would be doing over 50 laps without refueling, and which on that JT said: "Simply, we don't have the fuel tank capacity which is allowing us to do 52 laps. That was the only reason".
It's not that complicated, Dave, but I guess when you are driven by certain motives, even the brightest man will fail.
Again, I hope you won't take this personally, I'm just trying to make a general point. Don't lose your reason just to make Ferrari look guilty yet again.