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Massa has no sympathy for Sutil

Felipe Massa has told Adrian Sutil to blame his own team for a weight crisis he claims is forcing him into a dangerous situation in races.

In order to comply with the sport's new weight regulations, Sutil has had to shed more kilograms than he feels comfortable with in order to drive his Sauber.

In Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, the German will drive at the desert track without a drinks bottle to avoid additional weight and save fractions of a second.

As one of the heavier drivers in F1, Sutil feels he is being unfairly punished. He says fears he could suffer the physical and mental effects from dehydration are "the danger he is facing".

Yet Massa, the lightest driver in F1 at 59 kilograms, feels Sutil is trying to deflect attention away from Sauber's own issues and instead point an accusing finger at the new rulebook.

However, it is known Sauber so far have been consistently above the new 692kg minimum weight limit (for both car and driver combined) by around 20kg.

Williams driver Massa said: "It is a problem of his team, not a problem of F1.

"In recent years teams have had a double diffuser and others not. This is part of the rules. The rules are like that.

"If you have a team with a heavier engine or a heavier car then it's up to them to do a better job. This is part of the situation now.

"I am light and I'm happy to be light, but even if I was 10 kilograms heavier I would still not have any problem with the car for my weight.

"So it's about how each team does their job to be as light as possible with the car. It's not just the drivers, it's different things."

Applauding Williams for what they have so far achieved with the car, Massa added: "My team have done a better job, so it's not fair for a team that has done that to then compete in a different level.

"In aerodynamics somebody finds something better and with engines somebody finds something better. These are the rules of the moment."