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Massa gets two Fanboost penalties on FE debut

Massa gets two Fanboost penalties on FE debut
By AutoSport

15/12/2018 at 18:36Updated 15/12/2018 at 18:58

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has been handed two post-race penalties for separate Fanboost usage infringements during the inaugural ABB FIA Formula E Ad Diriyah E-Prix, his category debut.

The Venturi driver finished the event in Saudi Arabia in 14th place after being given an in-race drivethrough penalty for the team not respecting "the Formula E season five battery software implementation guide version 5.1", according to an FIA bulletin.

Autosport/ understands the offence relates to a software issue resulting in power regeneration exceeding the level defined within the FIA suppliers' software implementation guide.

Massa finished second in the Fanboost voting behind fellow ex-F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne - Lucas di Grassi, race winner Antonio Felix da Costa and Daniel Abt were the remaining winners.

But Massa activated the system before the 22nd minute of the race, the earliest it can be used in the 2018/19 championship, and was given a time penalty of five seconds.

That was added to a second penalty worth 25-seconds, in lieu of a drivethrough penalty, for using 150KJ of energy instead of 100KJ while Fanboost was activated.

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Both infractions earned Massa one penalty point on his licence and dropped him to 17th in the final classification.

Speaking to Autosport after the race but before his Fanboost penalties were announced, Massa said: "Well, I was happy with my performance in the race, everything that was happening, all the positions that I was gaining and everything.

"Unfortunately, I had this drivethrough that just destroyed everything that I was doing before.

"I'm disappointed with the result but happy with my job today in the race, with the pace, with the strategy, attack mode, overtaking - everything was working well.

"Unfortunately we didn't finish where we supposed to."

The reason given for Massa's in-race drive through penalty was the same as those given to the two DS techeetah drivers, Jean-Eric Vergne and Andre Lotter, which cost the squad a possible one-two result.