Felipe Massa has lost his eighth place in the Brazilian Grand Prix after one of his tyres was found to have exceeded the maximum tread temperature.
“On the grid the tread temperature and minimum tyre starting pressure of the right-hand side rear tyre was checked on car number 19 after the ‘five minutes’ signal was given,” the stewards explained.
“The temperature measured on the tread of the right hand side rear tyre of car number 19 was 137C, 27C above the maximum tread temperature of 110C allowed by the official tyre supplier. The
corresponding tyre pressure at 137C was 20.6psi, 0.1psi above the minimum starting pressure.”
The stewards ruled Massa’s car was therefore not in compliance with the technical regulations and excluded him from the result of the race. Williams were found to have broken article 12.5.1 of the technical regulations, article 3.2 of the sporting regulations and article 12.1.1.i of the international sporting code.
Williams has announced its intention to appeal the decision.
“To be honest I have no idea what’s happened,” Massa told reporters before the decision was announced. “Everything I did it was normal compared to other races – even my start was not good so anything was really different than what I had.”
“Even the pace I had I don’t believe anything was different.”