Hamilton: Massa left no room

Sun, 30 Oct 12:38:00 2011

Lewis Hamilton felt Felipe Massa left him no space in their collision in the Indian Grand Prix, and admitted that the Brazilian was not currently speaking to him.

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Massa was given a drive-through penalty for their clash, which occurred as Hamilton tried to overtake the Ferrari for fifth place at Turn 5. While Hamilton recovered to seventh after getting a new front wing, Massa retired after breaking his suspension on a kerb.

"There's not really much to say," said Hamilton. "It's a disappointing day. My team worked hard all weekend as they always do. I don't really know what else to say.

"We had the one minute silence before the start of the race and me and Felipe were standing next to each other. He hasn't spoken to me in a long, long time so I put my arm around him and just said 'good luck for the race'.

"But in the race I tried to overtake and I tried to come out of it because it didn't look like he was going to give me any space, and we collided. I'm really, really sorry for my team."

Hamilton felt his car had picked up damage in the incident.

"I had some vibrations, in right handers it felt like the floor was scraping on the floor, and I just had very, very poor performance and I was pushing as hard as I could just to have the pace of anyone," he said. "The car looks fine so maybe it's just me."

Massa says he cannot understand why the stewards chose to give him a drive-through penalty and was adamant that he was not the one at fault.

"My view is that I was in front, I braked later than him and I was in front, I was on the grippy area as well and then I started to turn and I didn't see him on the left as he was behind," said Massa. "He touched my rear wheel. So, to be honest I don't understand why I have the penalty. It is not really understandable."

Asked if he felt he was now part of a 'feud', Massa replied: "Maybe for him. Because all the incidents are that he touched my car. So, I didn't do anything wrong."

He added: "If it is Lewis or not Lewis, whatever the driver is there, I would do the same."

Massa also denied that he had looked in his mirrors to see where the McLaren was and then deliberately turned in on his rival.

"I know he was on my side. But when I braked, this is the important place, not when you are on the straight, when I braked, he was not on my side," he said.

"So, I turned because I braked later than him. I cannot understand why I am supposed to back off and let him by, no? I braked later. He was on the dirty side.

"And then I turned and he touched me from behind. He did not touch on my side, or wheel-to-wheel. If it was wheel-to-wheel I would not try to close the door."

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