There was confusion in Brazil this week as Felipe Massa was seen emerging from a restaurant after a long meal, and then immediately going back in and returning to his table even though he had clearly finished.
‘I just don’t know why he went back in again,’ said one onlooker, Juan Enlouka. ‘He’d had a long time at the table already, surely he should have given it to someone else?’
‘I don’t understand why the restaurant would let him back in,’ said another witness. ‘Sure, he usually finishes every meal, if not always very quickly, but now it should be someone else’s turn to eat.’
Massa’s restaurant return is just one of several unusual things the panda-like driver has been spotted doing this week. ‘I gather Felipe was seen going into a public lavatory for some time, then he came out, turned around and went straight back in again, even though there were several younger people outside who deserved to use the facilities,’ explained Maurice Ital of Every Other Sunday magazine. ‘I hear that later the same day he was spotted coming out of a phone box and then immediately going back in, even though there was someone else who could have used the phone and would have made a quicker call.’
Reports of Massa’s apparent desire to go back into places he should admit it was his time to vacate have now reached his family home in Sao Paulo. ‘This is very strange,’ said his mother. ‘I’m keeping my legs crossed just in case.’