Petrov penalised, Massa spared (Poll)

Vitaly Petrov has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the next round of the championship at Korea for his collision with Nico H???lkenberg on the first lap of the Japanese Grand Prix.

However Felipe Massa has not been punished for his collision moments later with Vitantonio Liuzzi.

All four drivers retired from the race.

Massa went off the track at the first corner, rejoined and hit Liuzzi. The stewards said:

The stewards after hearing the explanation of both the competitors representatives and the drivers decided that the incident requires no further action.

Petrov was given a penalty for “[Causing] a collision with car 10, Nico H???lkenberg.”

Who should have had a penalty?

  • Just Petrov (22%)
  • Just Massa (13%)
  • Petrov and Massa (39%)
  • Neither (26%)

Total Voters: 1,049

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87 comments on Petrov penalised, Massa spared (Poll)

  1. Vitaly Petrov said on 10th October 2010, 16:34

    not looking good for my seat at renault next year

  2. I had wait to see the replays again, the stewards got this right. Petrov turned left way to early, Massa on the other hand got squeezed and lost control on the grass; good race for the championship, it’s getting really hot.

  3. Alexi (@) said on 10th October 2010, 18:12

    Massa can’t get a proper penalty. He’s a number one pilot.

  4. Ronman said on 10th October 2010, 20:47

    accidents at the start of a GP should not be put under investigation unless they benefit a teammate (a la singapore 08)…. the start is highly charged, hearts beating out of their ribcage, and cars accelerating to 100kph in split seconds and millimeters apart…it’s a recipe for a crash, and the F1 boyz should be given extra credit for pulling it off without a hitch…

    accidents up to the first go at turn 4-5 or even 6 should always be judged as racing incidents…

  5. why it should be a poll? because us ferrari druiver involved?

  6. I think it should have been either or both. Petrov was stupid, but one of the Saubers did swerve right in front of him which would have led to him instinctively move to the left.

    Rosberg edged Massa to the grass, but instead of backing off he over-flinched and fired onto the grass.

  7. Marcello said on 11th October 2010, 11:01

    coverage was onboard action for the bbc sorry louise bring back jake!!! poor mation whittaker (whitmasrh

  8. DASMAN said on 11th October 2010, 20:09

    Having just watched the first corner incident again, I feel many are perhaps being a bit harxh on Massa. If you watch the overhead video he is alongside Rosberg 50m before the corner and as he moves alonside Rosberg moves to the right, pushing Felipe onto the grass. It all happens in the blink of an eye, but I think it was no worse than many other incidents we;ve seen this year. I’m always against drivers getting penalties for making passing manoeuvres, especially at the start. I think Petrovs penalty was also borderline, but probably fair.

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