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Poor communication from FIA costs Ferrari

Poor communication from FIA costs Ferrari

Ferrari was not informed of an FIA decision to make all the teams start yesterday's Japanese Grand Prix with extreme weather tires until after the race had started.
Despite the torrential rain in Fuji, Ferrari decided to begin on normal wet tyres and both Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa were forced to pit with the safety car on track to avoid exclusion from the race.
The enforced pitstops sent the pair to the back of the field and, although both fought back brilliantly, they never had a realistic hope of challenging Lewis Hamilton for the win.
"We did not receive e-mail notification of the stewards decision until after the race had started," a Ferrari spokesperson said.
"We then were told over the radio that we had to change the tires, and that if we did not we would be black-flagged.
"There is nothing we can do now. There was a lack of communication, and that is why we took the decision to go with the standard wet tire."
Raikkonen went on to claim third place and only some stout defense from his Finnish countryman Heikki Kovalainen prevented him taking second. Massa pitted four times in all and finished sixth, ending his title challenge.