Felipe Massa said he shouldn’t have had a drive-through penalty following his collision with Lewis Hamilton in the Indian Grand Prix.
Massa said after the race: “I can only say I do not share the opinion of the stewards who inflicted the punishment.
“I simply stayed on the ideal line, braking on the limit and staying on the part of the track that was rubbered in. What else could I do?
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós the umpteenth time that Hamilton runs into me this year and it seems it?óÔé¼Ôäós some sort of fatal attraction. In the past, I tried to talk to him but he did not seem to be interested in doing so.”
Ferrari believe the collision with Hamilton contributed to the suspension failure that put Massa out of the race.
Hamilton said: “I tried to overtake and I tried to come out of it because it didn’t look like he was going to give me any space, and we collided.”
The McLaren driver said he’d tried to talk to Massa before the race: “We had the one-minute silence before the start of the race and me and Felipe were standing next to each other. He hasn’t spoken to me since… a long, long time. So I made an effort, I put my arm around him and said ‘good luck for the race’.”
He added: “It’s a disappointing day I’m very, very sorry for my team. They worked hard all weekend as they always do a deserved a result.”
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