Massa blames Magnussen for first-lap crash
Felipe Massa has placed the blame on Kevin Magnussen for their crash at turn one on the opening lap of the German Grand Prix.
The two drivers had lined up third and fourth on the grid for the race, but contact at the first corner pitched Massa into a barrel-roll and caused Magnussen to spin.
The safety car was deployed to recover the Brazilian’s damaged FW34 and clear the debris. He emerged from the scary crash unscathed but immediately retired from the race.
“I was in front, I was doing the corner in front of him. If anyone needs to watch, it is the car behind” he said.
“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 team-mate [Valtteri Bottas]. It is normally a guy who comes from GP2 who causes this accident.
“The only thing is I am so disappointed with what happened – another race where a car put me out. So I am really disappointed.”
Magnussen disagreed and said he was left with nowhere to go: “I think I could’ve had a decent race if I hadn’t had the accident at turn one. I need to see a replay of the accident, but I feel that, if I’d had somewhere to go, then there wouldn’t have been contact with Felipe.
“I did my best to try and avoid the accident, but there wasn’t much else I could do. I spun after that, and had to box to change tyres and the nosebox.”
The FIA investigated the collision but swiftly deemed that no further action needed to be taken.
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