Massa proves he will “work for myself” by refusing to let Alonso past

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Felipe Massa said he would “work for myself” after losing his seat at Ferrari in 2014 and made good on that promise during the Japanese Grand Prix by refusing to heed an order to let his team mate pass.

The Ferrari drivers ran fifth and sixth after the start of the race with Alonso less than a second behind Massa.

Ferrari repeatedly told Massa to let Alonso past using the coded instruction “Multifunction strategy A” which was heard on the team radio during the race.

However Massa refused to let Alonso by. Just three races ago in Italy, before his departure from Ferrari was announced, he had let Alonso by with little difficulty.

Massa famously gave up a potential victory to Alonso in the 2010 German Grand Prix when he was told to let his team mate past. Last year Ferrari deliberately incurred a gearbox change penalty on Massa’s car at the United States Grand Prix to move Alonso one place forwards on the grid.

Alonso eventually managed to pass Massa for the place, but not before Nico Hulkenberg had taken advantage of their delay to pass the pair of them. Following yesterday’s race Massa said: “It was an instruction. I am never happy with an instruction.”

Alonso was eager to play down the incident afterwards, saying: “We cannot make a big thing about this.”

“We are racing and whatever we do today, we finished more or less in the same positions because we could not achieve anything more. I don’t know exactly what happened, but there are zero problems.”

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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