Felipe Massa held on to lead teammate Valterri Bottas home in Malaysia, despite team orders to let him by. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

held on to lead teammate home in Malaysia, despite team orders to let him by. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Felipe Massa says that the team orders saga was “a mistake” by – and insists that the team supports his opinion.

Massa insists that it had not been discussed in advance.

“This scenario was not discussed, definitely, before the championship,” he said. “Anyway what’s happened in the last race was a mistake. And this will come from the team as well, not just myself.

“What happened in the last race was not correct, and I’m sure the team will answer as well, what’s happened. Everything was clear in the table, I put my ideas in the table, with everybody inside the team, and I think that’s the most important thing. Going into details now, this and that, will not be the right thing. The right thing will be to speak inside, and I spoke, and I have no problems to say what I did in the last race for me was the correct thing to do.

“For sure I’m a very professional driver, I always was, and I will carry on being very professional, doing the best for my team, but doing the correct thing as well, doing the best for myself as well. We know that we need to do the best for the team all the time, but definitely I race for myself as well, my career is very important to me.”

His main point was that Malaysia was not the right time for team orders.

“Everything is agreed inside the team now. I have no problem to work for the team when it’s necessary, and when it’s the correct time.

“Team orders is part of our sport, but it needs to be part of our sport when it’s necessary, and I think everybody here is intelligent enough to understand when it’s necessary and when it’s not necessary,  and this is when it counts.”

Massa admitted that the fact that the infamous phrase “faster than you” was used, as in the Alonso/Hockenheim affair. had not gone unnoticed: “Also in the same words as well! It was funny…”