Ex-Williams Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has rejected claims by Lance Stroll that the veteran did not give him any form of help in his maiden season with the team.
In an attempt to downplay the benefit of having a more experienced team-mate after the Brazilian was replaced by Sergey Sirotkin for the 2018 season, Stroll commented that he ‘had no guidance from him whatsoever’.
Massa declined to respond at the time, but on the eve of a new chapter of his driving career in FormulaE, he was interviewed for Brazilian TV saying he and Stroll were very close and that he feels he helped him a lot. Massa went on to compare their relationship with the one he and Michael Schumacher had when he was new to the sport.
Whether it was a difference of opinion, Massa being at-times guarded in order to perform well against his young team-mate, or whether Stroll was playing down the importance of having a driver with experience in what is a particularly inexperienced 2018 Williams driver line-up I don’t suppose we’ll ever know, but it has certainly upset old Felipe.