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Shake away - Massa and Pérez shake hands following the Singapore Grand Prix

Published by Christine

Massa and Pérez shake hands following the Singapore Grand Prix
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Felipe Massa found himself the centre of conversation during the Singapore Grand Prix weekend. Two on-track incidents between Massa and McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton kept the man in the media spotlight, but those events overshadowed a timely last lap pass on Sauber driver Sergio Pérez to secure 9th position.

Both drivers had suffered punctures during the event, Massa at the hands of Hamilton, Sergio the unfortunate victim of an optimistic move from Michael Schumacher that catapulted F1's most senior racer into the barriers and sent Sergio heading for a replacement set of rubber.

In the end the Ferrari driver's four trips to the pitlane ensured he was left with fresh rubber for a final assault. Pérez fought to the last, but lamented his tyres giving up before the chequered flag. "It is a shame to have lost a place to Felipe in the end, but the tyres were finished and I couldn’t defend anymore."

Massa has made a habit of passing Sauber drivers when it matters most, in Canada he pipped Kamui Kobayashi to 6th place as the pair crossed the finish line.