Massa brands Perez as “dangerous”
Felipe Massa has branded Sergio Perez as “dangerous” after the Mexican’s part in the pair’s last lap accident that saw both drivers sent to hospital for precautionary checks after the Canadian Grand Prix.
Entering the final lap of the race, Massa was attempting to pass Perez on the run down to turn one, before the Brazilian collided with the rear of the Force India, sending both cars crashing heavily into the barriers.
Both Massa and the Mexican were admitted to hospital, before being quickly discharged.
Perez was later handed a five-place grid penalty for the Austrian Grand Prix by the race stewards, after evidence found him responsible for the crash, having moved form the racing line on the entry into turn one.
“I talked to him at the medical centre,” said the Brazilian. “I was so disappointed with him.
“I said that he needs to learn. I wanted him to put himself in my place as I had a huge crash and I honestly thought it was going to hurt.
“It’s not the first time that he turned into somebody under braking. He didn’t say anything, he just turned and left.
“We are doing around 300km/h there. With another car in front it could have been a very serious accident.”
Massa was in fact surprised that Perez’s penalty was not more severe, noting the fact that he very nearly almost collected Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull as his car skated uncontrollably across the track.
“We’ve had the rules for a few years that when one car is up the side the other cannot move. He just moved and we touched.
“For me five places is not enough,” added Massa. “He was dangerous. We could have crashed into Vettel.”
Perez though was unapologetic, claiming that he had been hit from behind by Massa.
“On the final lap I was defending my position going into Turn 1 when I suddenly got hit from behind,” he explained.
“It was not easy in the final laps,” he added. “I was pushing hard to try and get ahead of Nico [Rosberg] for the lead.
“Daniel [Ricciardo] managed to get ahead of me when I had an electrical issue, but I managed to reset the system for the final couple of laps.
“The podium was possible and I’m very disappointed for the points we have lost”, he concluded.
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