Sunday, September 25, 2011

Felipe Massa criticises Lewis Hamilton's driving in Singapore

A furious Felipe Massa heavily criticised Lewis Hamilton after their clash at the Singapore Grand Prix

Hamilton was penalised after turning into Massa when fighting over seventh, breaking part of his front wing and puncturing Massa's right rear tyre.

The two drivers also nearly touched in qualifying on Saturday when trying to make space for their flying run.

"My thoughts are that, again, he cannot use his mind - even in qualifying," Ferrari driver Massa told BBC Sport.

"He has done it to me so many times this year.

"Again, he could've caused a big accident. He's paying for it and he doesn't understand that.

"It's important the FIA study this and penalise him every time.

"I've talked to him but he doesn't listen. Maybe his father can do something about it."

Hamilton, who started the race in fourth, lost ground at the start and dropped down to eighth.

As he began his fight back through the field, he clashed with Massa as he tried a move around the outside of Turn Seven on lap 10.

The McLaren driver turned into Massa, breaking part of his front wing, while Massa was forced to limp back to the pits with a right-rear puncture.

The incident followed their clash in qualifying where Hamilton was determined to get by the Brazilian before starting his flying lap in Q3 and the two nearly touched before the Ferrari driver finally let him by.

On race day, the pair, who battled for the 2008 world title right up until the final race of the season, did touch and the stewards handed Hamilton a drive-through penalty.

"It doesn't look like a drive-through penalty to me," BBC F1 analyst Eddie Jordan. "I don't get it. That's not a drive-through penalty; that's a racing incident.

"[Ferrari team principal] Stefano [Domenicali] and [McLaren team prinicpal] Martin [Whitmarsh] are two calculated, cool guys who need to bring two drivers together and say 'look guys, just get on with these last five races. You're clearly stopping each other doing well for yourselves and the team."

It's not the first time the two drivers have come to blows, with the duo banging wheels at the hairpin in Monaco earlier this year before clashing again in the tunnel.

As a result, Massa crashed out of the race and Hamilton, who was also involved in a later incident with Pastor Maldonado's Williams, picked up a drive-through penalty and later criticised the stewards saying: "It's an absolute joke."

Commenting on the incident in Singapore, BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle added: "You can't help but feel it comes down against him [Hamilton] when others get the rub off the green.

"[The incident] seriously affected Massa's race. If you've made a mistake and it's affected someone's else - or just his own - it makes a difference."

Source: BBC

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