Massa’s Ferrari career ends with seventh place finish in Brazil

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Felipe Massa’s Ferrari career has come to a somewhat frustrating end in Brazil today after a drive-through penalty ended his hopes of finishing his final race for the Scuderia on the podium.

Massa made a good start from ninth place on the grid to lie in sixth after the first lap, but he found himself in fourth place after passing Nico Rosberg on track and Lewis Hamilton during the first round of pit stops. However, with Hamilton staying in close company, Massa was found to have cut across the pit entry line despite the FIA warning drivers about doing so earlier this week. It was a rather menial penalty, but given that the FIA had made clear that it was not permitted, a drive-through penalty was the only action that could be taken. Massa was less than impressed, calling it “unacceptable” and “unbelievable” over the radio.

Despite this setback, Massa recovered to finish the race in seventh place for Ferrari when Lewis Hamilton was also handed a drive-through penalty following a run-in with Valtteri Bottas.

However, Massa would have been set to clinch a podium finish after Fernando Alonso revealed after the race that he would have let his teammate past in order to claim one final top three result for the Scuderia.

“It was the last race for Felipe at Ferrari and we wanted to help in whatever way to try to celebrate a podium finish with Felipe, but he got a drive through,” Alonso explained to journalists in Brazil after the race.

Nevertheless, Massa has enjoyed the heyday of his career with the Italian marque, and he will now be hoping to enjoy some success with Williams when he moves to the British team in 2014.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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