Massa: Grosjean penalty completely wrong
28 July 2013 – Ferrari driver Felipe Massa believes the stewards were wrong to penalise Romain Grosjean for his daring Turn 4 move during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Having emerged in traffic following his second pit-stop, the Frenchman passed Massa around the outside of the swee[omg corner, but the panel subsequently handed him a drive through penalty after deeming that he exceeded track limits.
Speaking after the race, Massa questioned the decision against his Lotus rival.
"If he took the penalty because of what he did with me, that's completely wrong," argued Massa. "He didn't go four wheels outside, he went with two wheels."
Alan Permane, Lotus' Trackside Operations Director, shared Massa's stance: "I feel really sorry for Romain for what appears to be a very harsh penalty for a fantastic move on Felipe Massa. Yes, he ran off the track, but he had nowhere else to go."
Grosjean, who finished the race sixth, added that he viewed the move as acceptable.
"I haven’t seen the footage yet and I thought it was a good move, but unfortunately the stewards took a different view," he said. "This could have been the one for me, but we will just have to wait a little bit longer and keep improving to make it happen."