Ferrari has played down Felipe Massa's refusal to obey a direct team order in Sunday's Japanese grand prix.
While running ahead of teammate Fernando Alonso at Suzuka, Brazilian Massa - who is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season - was told by his engineer Rob Smedley to let the Spaniard past.
"Multi-function strategy A. Now, please," Smedley was heard to say on the radio.
Massa refused to either respond or obey, forcing Alonso to pass him in a wheel-to-wheel battle many laps later.
"We cannot make a big thing about it," Alonso said afterwards, hinting he understands Massa's frustration.
"Sometimes it's difficult, especially when you are fighting for seventh,...
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