Domenicali criticises “extreme” penalty as Ferrari miss second

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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali criticised Felipe Massa’s drive-through penalty during the Brazilian Grand Prix which potentially cost the team second place in the constructors’ championship.

Massa was penalised for cutting across the pit lane entry line during the race, which drivers had been warned not to do.

Domenicali called Massa’s penalty “a bit extreme and forced… because I don’t think Felipe’s move gave him any advantage”.

Massa was running in fourth place before the penalty but dropped to seventh at the chequered flag. “With the points he could have scored the outcome of the constructors’ championship could have been different,” rued Domenicali.

Mercedes beat Ferrari to second in the standings by six points, which is the same as the difference between fourth and seventh place in a race.

Massa said: “I was having a really great race up until the moment I was given a penalty for crossing the white line. I don’t think I deserved a drive-through and I believe it was very unfair.”

“I am very disappointed because today I could have finished fourth or third.” Massa added he believed Fernando Alonso would have let him finish on the podium had he been running fourth behind his team mate in the closing stages.

After the race Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn said both his drivers had complained Massa was repeatedly crossing the white line before he was penalised.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)