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Sergio Perez says Massa’s to blame for Canadian GP crash

Jun 9, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

After being handed a five-spot grid penalty for the next Formula One race in Austria, Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez has come out and blamed Felipe Massa for their incident yesterday in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Perez and Massa were battling for fourth place when they came together at Turn 1. Both cars crashed heavily into the barriers, forcing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to weave through the chaos.

In handing Perez the penalty, stewards ruled that the Mexican changed his line and left Massa with nowhere to go. But this morning, Perez gave his side of the story on the @ClubForce Twitter account.

The team then followed Checo’s quotes with this:

Both Massa and Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley have pointed the finger at Perez for the accident.

In comments to Britain’s Press Association, Massa not only showed his disgust with Perez but with the penalty given by the stewards, which he feels is not enough.

Smedley also added that he showed stewards a radio transcript that proves Force India allowed Perez to continue despite a rear brake issue.

“We showed them evidence from the radio transcript – which I think was around lap 67 – where he [Pérez] said ‘I’ve no rear brakes’ I think was his comment,” Smedley said. “They [Force India] said ‘Well if you can carry on, carry on, and if you can’t, pit’.

“That says to me it’s a fairly terminal problem.”

Perez had moved up from 13th on the grid yesterday to shadow then-race leader Nico Rosberg in the second half of the race before the braking problems set in during the final laps.

  1. pwbeninate - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Good analysis of that incident here:

  2. techmeister1 - Jun 9, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Perez needs to man up and admit he mover over to block and touched Massa’s front tire causing a very dangerous crash where both drivers could have been seriously injured. Perez tends to suffer from the “red mist” when racing. Driving into the side of Button @ 200 mph on a STRAIGHT is a perfect example. He needs to dial the aggression back a tenth and keep his cool. He’ll do better just as crasher Grosjean had to learn. You can’t win the race if you don’t finish the race.

    • testover6370 - Jun 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      I think he did cause this one but I don’t feel he is too aggressive in general. McLaren criticized him for being too passive so he turned the wick up against Button. And once he did that, he outperformed Button.

  3. chad4208 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    i only saw massa move right but i didnt analyze it enough to see exactly the brake points and the camera angles to the track and im sure brake issues had a little to do with it. going to take a look at that link….

    • pwbeninate - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Massa was moving right because the track turns slightly right. He didn’t move off his line until Checo starting turning into him.

  4. chad4208 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    From that link, Massa moving right was an optical illusion brought about by the camera angle and how far Perez jumped left.

  5. indycar02 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    as much as i hope to see simona in f1 next year, if she doesnt i wont feel so bad.

  6. worknman24hours - Jun 9, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Stewards said Perez was at fault,depending on who your guy was,either could have been said to have been able to not cause this accident.

    It’s a racing accident pure and simple.

    I’ll take drivers trying to get through gaps to drivers simply holding position for the entire bleeping race anyday.

    Let’s move on.

  7. silentcount - Jun 10, 2014 at 1:46 AM

    Could not tell if Perez moved left to block, but it was easy to see there was a big speed difference between the two cars at the point of impact. Perhaps Perez’s car got sqirrely under hard braking with only the front brakes working.

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