Felipe Massa: 'No regrets over disobeying team orders'

Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams is interviewed in the paddock during previews to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 13, 2014
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Williams driver Felipe Massa claims that he was right to stand his ground when instructed to allow Valtteri Bottas to overtake him during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Williams driver Felipe Massa has said that he does not regret ignoring team orders during the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The 32-year-old Brazilian was instructed to allow his teammate Valtteri Bottas to overtake him in the closing stages in order to finish ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button.

"I was just fighting to the end," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "I was very close to Button. I didn't want to lose the opportunity to gain more positions. I will fight for my career in the way I want to.

"I didn't do anything wrong because we were fighting another car. I don't regret anything. I believe it was the right thing to do."

Button finished sixth in the race, while Massa ended up a place ahead of Bottas in seventh.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP (L) celebrates on the podium with second placed Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 30, 2014
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TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0
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