Wednesday 21 March 2018

In brief: Massa insists he's not Ferrari's No 2


Felipe Massa yesterday insisted he is not Ferrari's No 2 driver and stressed that he is out to win in Hungary this weekend.

The Brazilian was at the centre of a row over so-called 'team orders' at last Sunday's German Grand Prix when he moved over to let team-mate Fernando Alonso win after receiving a radio message while leading the race.

"Yes, I will fight for the victory here, whatever the conditions," said Massa on his return to the Hungaroring circuit where last year he suffered life-threatening head injuries.

Asked if he would therefore react differently if he found himself in the same position as last weekend, he replied: "I will win. The time I say that I am a No 2 driver, I will not race any more."

Alonso is fifth in the world championship standings, 34 points behind McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, while Massa is eighth, a further 38 back.


The Irish got off to a flier at the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead yesterday, where Shane Breen scored a superb double success, WRITES LOUISE PARKES.

The Tipperary man scooped the honours in the second class of the day with World Cruise and then brought out Dorada to win the super-tough Eventing Grand Prix for the second time in his career.

There were 51 starters for the Bunn Leisure Trophy and 18 jumped clear in the first round, but only five left all the fences up next time out, when Breen beat Britain's Tim Stockdale by almost a second.

Breen's superb skills came into play in the Eventing Grand Prix -- he produced a faultess tour of the track in the quickest time.

Third place went to Irish event rider Mark Kyle riding Step in Time.


The An Post Sean Kelly team have added young Dubliners Philip Lavery and Stephen Halpin to their roster until the end of the season as part of a trial period with the Belgium-based side.

Lavery is a triple all-Ireland track champion and a member of the Olympic development team. He won the Tour of the North this year.

Halpin heads straight into the action for the An Post team at this weekend's Suir Valley three-day race in Clonmel.


Amy Bowtell yesterday made the breakthrough when capturing her first world ranking point in only her second adult event this year in the ITF Circuit tournament in Chiswick.

The 16-year-old from Greystones stormed to a 6-3 6-3 second-round victory over Australia's Isabella Holland.

In the ATP Challenger in Saransk, Russia, No 2 seed Conor Niland beat Agustin Boje-Ordonez 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

Irish Independent

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