Smedley says Massa’s freak accident was lowest point of his life

Rob Smedley on the Interlagos grid with Felipe Massa

Rob Smedley on the Interlagos grid with Felipe Massa

Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley says that Felipe Massa’s freak accident during the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix was “the lowest point” in his life, and admits that he considers the Brazilian to be like his little brother.

Speaking to the BBC on the day of Massa’s last weekend as a Ferrari driver, Smedley said, “The low moment was when he was hit by a spring and he was almost killed [at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009] in fact that was a low point of my life. He is a great friend and like my little brother.”

The Englishman, whose banter over the radio with Massa has become F1 legend, added with a smile, “But sometimes like your little brother you want to punch him in the face three or four times.”

The pair started working together in 2006 when Massa was promoted to the Ferrari team to partner Michael Schumacher.

Massa will move to Williams for the 2014 season, and although no there is no word from Smedley on his plans for the future, it is being speculated that he too may move to the Grove outfit. (GP247)

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