Marko: ‘It would be better if Massa retires’

Date published: October 11 2017

Dr Helmut Marko has called on Felipe Massa to retire after the backmarker got involved in the scrap for the race win between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Verstappen was closing in on the Brit in the latter stages at Suzuka, but his progress was halted by Massa and Alonso in their own battle for P10.

Massa, who believes he still has a lot to offer Williams as they mull over who will be Lance Stroll’s team-mate next year, claimed he had no room to let Verstappen through.

But Marko simply dismissed this explanation and said Massa would be better away from Formula 1 with his feet up.

“Max had the pace to attack Hamilton,” Marko told ORF broadcaster.

“It cannot be that when the leaders approach you only move over after so many corners. Without the episode we would have had an exciting end.

“It would be better if Massa retires.”

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