Massa hits back at Eddie Jordan jibe

Wed, 29 October 2008, 10:00

Oct.29 (GMM) Felipe Massa has hit back at Eddie Jordan, after the former F1 team owner warned Lewis Hamilton to watch out for more dirty tactics from his Brazilian rival this weekend

Jordan, who founded the Silverstone based team that is today known as Force India, believes the Ferrari driver deliberately crashed into McLaren’s Hamilton in Japan earlier this month

“If Massa tries to take him out as he did in Japan in order to steal the title then Lewis has to be ready for it,” Jordan said last week

Massa, 27, rubbished Jordan’s comments while preparing for the 2008 championship finale in his native Sao Paulo this week, according to the local Globoesporte

“Since he sold his team, Eddie Jordan has had nothing to do with F1 except for what he says in the press,” he shrugged

Massa said he is not bothered about criticisms, nor the fact that he is among the most underrated championship contenders in recent history

“People always put me completely out of the game. Nobody expects you to do a good job and then you do a better job than everyone thinks and it’s even nicer,” he said

Something he will be relying on at Interlagos this weekend are his trusty underpants, which he has worn for each of his 14 career pole positions and 10 wins

“Who knows, maybe if I am champion (on Sunday) it will be time to retire them,” Massa laughed

Reporters in Brazil marvelled at the fact that, after exerting himself to pole position on Saturdays, he has not opted for a clean pair of underpants for the race

“Do I wash them?” he answered. “Maybe I will ask you — have you never worn the same underpants two days in a row?”n

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