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Massa still adamant that Germany crash was not his fault

Jul 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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Felipe Massa remains adamant that the first corner crash with Kevin Magnussen at the German Grand Prix was not his fault at all, and has hit out at the McLaren driver for being too aggressive.

The two drivers came together at the first sweeping right-hander at Hockenheim on the first lap, causing Massa to roll in his Williams. The Brazilian driver walked away unharmed, but the FIA decided that it was a racing incident.

Massa made some comments after the crash criticizing Magnussen for trying to win the race at the first corner, and his stance has not changed since last Sunday.

“I think he was a little bit too aggressive,” Massa said. “There were two cars there that he had not even the line to make that corner so quickly because he was on the inside.

“At the end of the day, he lost also points because of that, so it’s not just me. For sure, I lost and it was a big loss, and I was very cautious on that corner. I even backed off for Valtteri to go in front.

“In my car it was impossible to know that someone else was there. I couldn’t see!”

General paddock consensus suggested that Massa was to blame, but he found this laughable, comparing it to the incident at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix where he was taken out by Kamui Kobayashi and was clearly blameless.

“So you see that there is a lot to improve even in the FIA,” he said when asked about the stewards actions.

“You think it was my fault? It was my fault in the first race as well in Australia,” he added with more than a hint of sarcasm.

“I’m just saying that if the stewards is thinking like that, I don’t know who they’re taking to be steward to be honest. How many races has he caused problems on the first lap?” he said, referring to Magnussen.

Massa is now moving on from the incident, though, and has switched his focus to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

“I don’t think really we need to go to the past and live in the past,” he said. “You need to live in the future, we need to live the present and we need to concentrate to do a good job here. That’s the only thing I care about. What is past, it will not change.”

  1. rsrorsro - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Massa is so delusional, it’s why is will never be a champion and why he always gets beat by his teammates. What a joke he is.

    • alencar26 - Jul 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

      im sorry mate but i take it that you are there doing better then him,beating your team mates and being world champion are you?if you are not, logically it makes you a joke!

  2. actuatormz3 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    It’s pretty difficult for me to see this incident as not being Massa’s fault.

  3. techmeister1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    While it’s a close call, it’s true that Magnusson is at fault. Had he been 3′ farther ahead then he would have owned the position but he wasn’t. What he did was drive in too deep in an attempt to prevent Massa from having the line, which the lead car gets per the rules. Magnusson is trying just a little too hard and has been reprimanded for his overly aggressive driving in F1.

    No spinning by hacks is going to change the results. Kevin is a good young driver but he needs to back off just a half a tenth to prevent these constant crashes.

    It’s unfortunate that Massa can’t buy a frigging break this year. He’s doing a great job of driving and is being either crashed out by people who should know better or his team forgets how to change the tire… Massa deserves far better than the crap he has endured this season.

    • worknman24hours - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      Massa needs to be ready to move out from his chosen line or he won’t finish any more races this year.

      You can’t just run across the track when another driver is moving into your line and expect the other guy to just get out of the way especially if he is right on the right edge of the track.

      It’s too late for Massa’s last race but hopefully he will be ready to give a little way and then charge when the line is not blocked by another car.

      Massa COULD have moved a little less right and charged in a great challenge to Magnussen and he’d probably have been on the podium.

      Instead,he is still dealing with a bad move and an accident instead of simply moving on to the matters of this race -this week.

      Felipe is a great driver but a great driver who knows time is running out to win his first Formula One World Drivers Championship.

      He has done the great teammate thing until he wants to throw up.

      Felipe knows this is a street fight he’s in now and he cannot let anyone see him give any way.

      But in that,there is a danger of what happened last race.

      Maybe Felipe can find that edge of adhesion race pace to force his way to the front.

      I hope so but he will have to choose his places where he forces other drivers better.

      Felipe has the skill to be a champion,he just has to use it better.

      But time is running out,this is probably his best chance to drive to the front and he knows it.

      I just hope Felipe gets some really great finishes to show others he’s worth it.

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