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VIDEO: Perez and Massa crash hard on last lap in Canada

Jun 8, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

Today’s Canadian Grand Prix came to a dramatic end when Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa crashed on the last lap of the race.

After a five way fight for the lead in the dying stages of the race, Daniel Ricciardo emerged victorious after passing Perez and then race leader Nico Rosberg – who suffered an ERS failure – to claim his maiden grand prix victory.

Perez and Massa were fighting for position with two laps to go, and came together before crashing heavily into the wall at turn one. Massa’s car missed Sebastian Vettel – who was also in the fight for a podium place – by the smallest of margins.

Both drivers walked away from the incident, but the team has confirmed that Massa has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks, from where he has even posted a selfie on Instagram.

Perez has been handed a five place grid penalty for the next race in Austria for causing the crash. The stewards deemed him to have moved off line and left Massa with nowhere to go.

  1. amcanracer - Jun 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    The views here don’t show it well (the high view is the best) but Perez does a slight feint (wouldn’t want to say block) towards the left when he sees Massa coming. The high view just hints at it while the unincluded helicopter shot from overhead and behind shows it clearly. In the Massa in-car view Massa steps left and when the frame freezes he looks laterally clear but when the recording resumes Massa has already lost his wheel. It would’ve been great to have that view complete.

  2. barrylibby - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Really sad day for FM and Perez both. At least Massa and the pleasure of that pass on Alonzo.
    I wonder of he had both hands on wheel ?

  3. kitnamania13 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    That accident was 100% Perez’s fault. He jinked after Massa was already committed to the inside. I’m just glad Massa’s wheel detached immediately. Otherwise, he could have launched into the trees.

  4. worknman24hours - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Here’s my take on this accident.

    Perez finds himself with almost NO brakes ( probably because of the funky hybrid brakes they are using this year) and he’s heading right at Vettel.

    He is distracted and wants to avoid pile driving Vettel in the back.

    He knows Massa is coming but expects him to see the space close and to brake early which Felipe obviously did not.

    Massa sees Perez slow under no throttle and as much brakes as Perez can get to get some space between him and Vettel-some sense to Perez that he won’t just run right into the back of Vettel.

    Massa sees a chance to pass,even though he’s back from the ideal place to start the pass, Massa’s car is healthy.

    So ,with no laps left Felipe goes for that passing zone right as it closes because Perez is trying to not slam into Vettel.

    Perez was trying to avoid hitting Vettel and Felipe was racing-hence this is solely a racing accident.

    There should have been no penalty.

    Not finishing the race was penalty enough for both drivers and their teams as well.

    I am glad both are o.k.

  5. techmeister1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Actually the video clearly shows Perez changed he line to try and block Massa. It’s a miracle both were not seriously injured. Perez’s impact was less than Massa’s but it was a solid stop where as Massa’s was a bouncing impact though a damn hard one. I hope they are both OK and didn’t suffer any concussions from such major impacts.

  6. mcseforsale - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    All I can say is Yikes! Either way you cut it, 15-20 years ago, we’d be talking about some very hurt drivers. These cars are truly amazing.

  7. liamrabbitt - Jun 9, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    I have just looked at booth in car footage and it is clear that Massa turns into Perez. You can see Massa turn to to the right while Perez wheel stays straight. Massa got it wrong and so did the Stewart’s. Yes Perez changed his line from the normal race line maybe with bad brakes and tyres almost gone he wanted to brake in a straight-line. But for sure Massa turned into him maybe thinking Perez was going to use the normal line.

  8. chad4208 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Massas in car in inconclusive bc it cuts out. He is steering to the right because the road goes to the right. Perez’s steering wheel is more straight but it seems he drifted over to the left as his car comes off the left side line before contact well before the road curves back left. But the overhead, which is not here is more conclusive.

  9. chad4208 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Perez comes off the right side line I mean

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