Massa disagrees with penalty for Hamilton collision

2011 Indian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Massa retired after colliding with Hamilton

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?s the umpteenth time that Hamilton runs into me this year and it seems it?s 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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333 comments on Massa disagrees with penalty for Hamilton collision

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  1. Massa braked later and made the corner first, prooved by the fact that Hamilton hit Massa’s rear wheel. They were not side by side in this incident.

    Its was upto Hamilton to over take safely, not to force Massa to go off the racing line to avoid contact.

    We may aswell say to all drivers, just take a late lunge up the inside and the driver infront will have to yeild or be penalised, will be good to watch.

    • “not to force Massa to go off the racing line to avoid contact.”

      With all due respect, thats precisly what racing is, on a fundimental level, you want to position your car in such a way that the guy infront either has to back off in speed, or take another line, to avoid contact.

      This is what hamilton did, he let Massa know that he was there, Massa drove into that apex as if he was driving around on his own with noone beside him. This is just poor racing.

      Hamilton and Webber had some great wheel-to-wheel racing in Korea through med/high speed corners because they positioned their cars in ways that they other guy couldnt just cut him up into the apex, so therefore gave each other room enough for 2 cars.

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 1st November 2011, 12:46

    Johnny Herbert, one of the three stewards this weekend, explains the reason for Massa’s penalty:

    Herbert explains Massa’s penalty: “He knew where Hamilton was”

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