Massa criticises 'dangerous' Pérez

Massa criticises 'dangerous' Pérez

9 June 2014 – Williams driver Felipe Massa has labelled as "dangerous" the actions of Force India rival Sergio Pérez in the run up to their accident on the final lap of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Massa was attempting to pass Pérez along the main straight when the pair touched and subsequently flew into the barriers, the Brazilian narrowly avoiding a secondary collision with Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel.

Both men had successful hospital checks, before Pérez was handed a five-place grid drop for Austria.

"I talked to him at the medical centre. I was so disappointed with him," Massa explained. "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 added his belief that the Montreal stewards should have given Pérez a more severe punishment.

"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. He was dangerous. We could have crashed into Vettel."

Pérez was nursing electrical and brake problems at the time, and says he was "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 said.

"It was not easy in the final laps. 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."

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