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Beyond the grid driver interviews

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This extended interviews have been throwing up some great little details. Felipe Massa's was particularly interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF5XKuDWq0s

A few things he cleared up-

- He did let Kimi Raikkonen by to win the 2007 Brazilian GP. Most people knew this but a few maintained Kimi got by on merit.

- He felt he always had Kimi covered in terms of speed, in every season. He recognises Kimi's talent but does not put him at same level as other top team mates. He also says 2007 he is the forgotten man and only worse luck took him out of contention for that title (which is true) people seem to remmeber 2007 as a three way title fight for some reason. Kimi also became number 1 after Spa as the team agreed.

- Says that Ferrari attempted to put team orders on him as early as Australia 2010, race 3 of 2010 and that Alonso was a political animal behind the scenes and had the entire team right up to LDM in his pocket during his Ferrari stay. He recognises Alonso's talent as better than him but puts some of the gap down to how Alonso had the teams full focus. If he ever out qualified Alonso, certain team members attempted to pysch him out.

- Says that all the data and his own feelings showed that his injury did not affect him in anyway.

- Rates Bottas as very quick and consistent

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Johnson wrote:This extended interviews have been throwing up some great little details. Felipe Massa's was particularly interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF5XKuDWq0s

A few things he cleared up-

- He did let Kimi Raikkonen by to win the 2007 Brazilian GP. Most people knew this but a few maintained Kimi got by on merit.

- He felt he always had Kimi covered in terms of speed, in every season. He recognises Kimi's talent but does not put him at same level as other top team mates. He also says 2007 he is the forgotten man and only worse luck took him out of contention for that title (which is true) people seem to remmeber 2007 as a three way title fight for some reason. Kimi also became number 1 after Spa as the team agreed.

- Says that Ferrari attempted to put team orders on him as early as Australia 2010, race 3 of 2010 and that Alonso was a political animal behind the scenes and had the entire team right up to LDM in his pocket during his Ferrari stay. He recognises Alonso's talent as better than him but puts some of the gap down to how Alonso had the teams full focus. If he ever out qualified Alonso, certain team members attempted to pysch him out.

- Says that all the data and his own feelings showed that his injury did not affect him in anyway.

- Rates Bottas as very quick and consistent


Yes Massa's was really interesting. I've enjoyed the series as whole as well. If I had one criticism is that the interview tends to dwell to long on things that most people already know a lot about. Like Alesi's one you would think his career stopped after 97 listening to the podcast. I would be more interested to find out about his stints at Sauber and Prost rather than here the same old stories about Ferrari.

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Johnson wrote:A few things he cleared up-

- He did let Kimi Raikkonen by to win the 2007 Brazilian GP. Most people knew this but a few maintained Kimi got by on merit.
While I agree, I would note that one thing doesn't exclude the other. But his gesture was a very dignified one, and it would have been only fitting if Kimi could have returned the favour the following year. 2008 really should have been Felipe's championship year.

Johnson wrote:- Kimi also became number 1 after Spa as the team agreed.
I didn't know this. Interesting!

Johnson wrote:- Says that Ferrari attempted to put team orders on him as early as Australia 2010, race 3 of 2010 and that Alonso was a political animal behind the scenes and had the entire team right up to LDM in his pocket during his Ferrari stay. He recognises Alonso's talent as better than him but puts some of the gap down to how Alonso had the teams full focus. If he ever out qualified Alonso, certain team members attempted to pysch him out.
This is a bit surprising on his part. Surely he must have been aware that as of Monaco 2008 it was known he would be number 2 to Alonso, whenever Alonso's entry at Ferrari was going to happen. Montezemolo clearly stated as much. Which, does mean the scuderia would have had a problem, had Felipe been the 2008 champion. And it should make us wonder about Räikkönen's 2008 strange season in hindsight.

Johnson wrote:- Says that all the data and his own feelings showed that his injury did not affect him in anyway.
A very honest assessment of his capabilities post-accident, I'm impressed!
Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping? Use them after your own honour and dignity.

Maria de Villota - Jules Bianchi

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