Massa hits out at Perez after clash

By on Sunday, June 8, 2014
Williams F1 Team

Williams F1 Team

An angry Felipe Massa says that Sergio Perez 'needs to learn' after the duo collided on the final lap of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Massa was attempting to pass Perez for fourth place when he hit the back of his rival, sending both into the barriers.

The duo were taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary checks but were later released.

Perez was deemed by the stewards to have caused the accident by changing his racing line and Massa criticised his rival after arriving back in the paddock.

"I talked to him here at the medical centre at the track," said Massa. "I was so disappointed with him I said that he needs to learn. I wanted him to be in my place because I had a huge crash. So I wanted him to be in my place to see if he learns, because it's not the first time that he turned on someone in the braking zone. It's not the first time, he's done it many times."

"For sure they have rules for every accident for the positions and these I don't know. I don't know how it works, but for me it's [Perez's penalty] not enough. But what can I say?

"The only thing is that doing that on this occasion we are there at maybe 300km/h. You do that at 300km/h and have another car in front it could have been a very serious accident. It's dangerous. So for me five places is not enough. It was dangerous. [Sebastian] Vettel was in front; we could have maybe crashed in to him, so it was dangerous anyway."

Massa is adamant that Perez moved before the braking point for the first corner.

"Suddenly he moved his car over to my car and then we touched," he said. "Normally when you're turning you might start turning but his car went straight in to my car. Then I saw my front wheel went up and then I couldn't brake anymore so I went straight and had a big accident.

"Honestly, it's the rules. We've had the rules for three or four years that if you get part of your car alongside then the other car can't move anymore. He just moved and we touched. I think it was before the braking zone. He moved before the braking, for sure."

 


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