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Massa points the finger at Magnussen for first corner crash

Jul 21, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Felipe Massa has blamed Kevin Magnussen for causing the crash that saw his Williams roll into the gravel and out of the race.

At the first corner of yesterday’s German Grand Prix, the two drivers came together after Magnussen made a great start and tried to pass the Brazilian down the inside. Massa took the racing line through the sweeping right-hander, and did not appear to see the Dane.

Massa’s car was immediately flipped into the air before rolling over and coming to rest in the gravel. Thankfully, he walked away unharmed, but he was not pleased with Magnussen when speaking to the media after the race.

“I was in front, I was doing the corner in front of him,” Massa said. “If anyone needs to watch, it is the car behind. I didn’t see yet the accident, but normally the car behind has to brake.

“At that the corner you cannot have three cars side by side, and I backed off a bit to not be side by side with my teammate. It is normally a guy who comes from GP2 who causes this accident.”

This marked Massa’s third first lap retirement of the season, and he was left disappointed after qualifying in third place at Hockenheim.

“The only thing is I am so disappointed with what happened,” he said. “Another race where a car put me out. I am really disappointed.”

Looking at the video replays, it seems that both drivers have a case for pleading innocence. However, Massa should have been more aware of Magnussen, and had plenty of run-off area to take to in order to avoid a collision. After investigating the incident, the stewards decided to take no action.

  1. kitnamania13 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Magnussen was more in the wrong than Massa with this incident, but at the end of the day (ESPN talking head alert!) it’s not about being right. It’s about getting the best possible result for your team. Massa took an unnecessary risk by going for the apex on a corner where he still would have come out ahead if he had left some room.

  2. tmhds - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Massa always complains it was someone else’s fault. Magnussen qualified next to him on the grid , he had the position and Massa tried to close him out . Come on Felipe admit it was a racing incident and just move on from your mistake.

  3. raidersownyou - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    When will Felipe quit whining? Every accident he is involved in is never his fault, and he makes a point to call out the driver in the media.

  4. techmeister1 - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    Actually Massa is 100% correct, the lead car has the right to the line and he was almost the full car length in front of Magnusson who has been reprimanded several times this year for his overly aggressive driving. Magnusson is a good guy but he stuck the nose of his car in too deep. The stewards considered it a racing incident but this stuff is getting old with GP2 stars.

    Massa has every right to complain and I’m sure he’s getting G.D. tired of drivers crashing him out on the first lap be it Koby, Kimi or Kevin. These were ALL uncalled for crashes. Koby’s was a mechanical failure but Kimi and Kevin caused the other crashes. Being a fanbois doesn’t change reality and the stewards don’t always get the call correct.

    We saw Grosjean wreck Alonso’s championship with crashing him and others out on the first turn of the first lap and he eventually got parked. If Magnusson keeps it up he may get parked also. It’s not easy as a rookie in F1 but you need to drive with your head, not over it as many young drivers tend to do. See Sato to understand where wreckers end up… Now in their WizDUMB next year the F1 circus is going to do standing starts after crashes. This is irresponsible and unnecessarily dangerous.

  5. testover6370 - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Magnusun was not fully behind, and you can’t take the typical racing line and apex on the opening lap. You have to assume someone is there. I’m rooting for Massa and his career recovery at Williams, but he was in the wrong here.

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