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Felipe Massa has no regrets disobeying the team

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Felipe Massa says he has no regrets about ignoring team orders at last weekends Malaysian Grand Prix. 

The Brazilian was instructed by the team to let his team-mate Valtteri Bottas overtake him in the closing stages, so the Finn could go on to challenge the McLaren of Jenson Button for sixth place. 

But Massa insisted that he was 'very close' to Button and had "the opportunity to gain more positions". 

He added: "I will fight for my career in the way I want to." 

When it comes to Felipe Massa, team orders can be a very sensitive subject, he was often asked to play a supporting role at Ferrari to his team mate Fernando Alonso.

With the most notable incident happening at the 2010 German Grand Prix, where he was ordered to let the Spaniard overtake him for the lead. 

Team orders were banned at the time, but are now in force due to the controversial fall-out from that race. 

"I don't regret anything," said Massa told reporters after Saturday's race. "I believe it was the right thing to do." 

Bottas was left aggrieved, as he felt the team missed out on the chance to secure more points as result of Massa's decision. 

"We need to learn from today for the future," said the Finn, who had obeyed an order earlier in the race to stay behind Massa while he tried to pass Kevin Magnussen's Mclaren.

A year on from last year's "Multi-21" incident with the Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, the topic of team orders has once again caused a topic of debate among fans and pundits. While the team were playing down the incident last weekend. 

“How could we do what to Felipe?,” deputy team boss Claire Williams said responding to the question asked by British broadcaster Sky Sports.

Although, when asked further about the subject, Williams claimed no such order had been issued: “At the end of the day, Felipe finished ahead of Valtteri,” she insisted. “They were both told to cool it.”

Clearly uncomfortable about what had happened she added: “I’m going home now. That’s me done for the day.”

It was led to Williams chief test and support engineer to clarify the situation and insist that the incident was "no big deal". 

"Felipe was running fairly high temperatures on his engine and we were a little concerned about it," said Nelson.

"We felt Valtteri had quite a good chance of getting past Button because his tyres were five laps younger. Felipe's tyres were a little bit older. 

"If he hadn't achieved that within two or three laps, we'd have swapped our drivers over again. It's no big deal."

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