Mercedes motor sport boss Toto Wolff says that it’s “incomprehensible” that drivers have gone unpaid by F1 teams.
The Kimi Raikkonen situation has created headlines, although others have been in a similar situation.
Located in the United Arab Emirates, The Yas Marina Circuit has been hosting Formula 1 since their inaugural event in 2009. The course quickly became known for producing excitement and this year’s 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was no different. Along with the racing, Yas Marina is also known for its beauty both in terms of the course and for the designed environment surrounding the track.
Enjoy some of the stunning images that come from this truly unique Formula 1 venue!
Felipe Massa was left frustrated at the end of the Abu Dhabi GP after Ferrari put him onto medium rather than soft tires, costing him pace and the chance to beat teammate Fernando Alonso.
Massa had run 18 laps from the start on soft tires, and Ferrari made the call to put him on mediums for the final stint despite the fact that there were only 17 laps left to run, the car was lighter, and the temperature had dropped dramatically. Massa eventually finished eighth while Alonso, who stopped 11 laps from home for softs, finished fifth.
Fernando Alonso says that fifth place was the best he could have achieved in Abu Dhabi, and the result was good damage limitation given Ferrari’s lack of pace during the weekend.
“I think I did my maximum,” he said on Sunday night. “The car in front was 20 seconds ahead. It’s true that I lost a little bit of time with the traffic, but 20 seconds is a lot of time, but we didn’t have the pace to be in the top four. And top five is the maximum. We have one Mercedes in front, one behind.