'He squeezed me into the wall' – Massa on Senna
24 September 2012 – Felipe Massa has shared his version of events on the near-crash with Bruno Senna in the closing stages of the Singapore Grand Prix. While charging through the field following a first-lap puncture, the Ferrari driver almost lost control when his Brazilian counterpart intended to change line while crossing the 102-year-old Anderson Bridge.
The result was nearly contact with the wall for Massa, followed by a lurid slide from which he miraculously recovered and still managed to overtake the Williams without touching it.
“The move on Senna? I think the rules are very clear and one just has to respect them,” Massa says. “I was already alongside him and he had to leave me room, but instead he squeezed me into the wall.”
Summing up the rest of his night, the Paulista continued:
“It was a very tough and difficult race. There’s regret for what happened at the first corner, because without the puncture I could certainly have finished a lot closer to Fernando (Alonso) which would have been important for both championships. Once I had pitted, there was not much to work out: the aim was to try and make the tyres last as long as possible while going as quickly as possible.
“Luckily, the two Safety Cars brought the pack together again, but it’s also true that I would never have thought of doing such a long stint as my last one on the Super Softs. The performance was definitely very different to what we had seen on the two previous days - it seemed like I was driving a different car!”
After the race, some in the paddock believed that Senna had received a ten-place grid drop for Japan in two weeks’ time. This quickly turned out to be an incorrect statement, as the stewards had already drawn a line under the matter before the race finished.
The Massa-Senna moment can be viewed at GPUpdate TV