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Massa: Spa stewards should have acted

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04/09/2014

Felipe Massa believes the stewards at Spa should have punished Nico Rosberg following his controversial clash with Lewis Hamilton.

"What I saw in the last race maybe was not really so correct from Nico, to be honest," the Williams driver told reporters at Monza. "I don't understand why they didn't give a penalty to him because it was impossible to pass Lewis on that place.

"He didn't brake and they just touched and Nico was behind," he continued. "So Nico destroyed Lewis's race. I don't understand why the FIA didn't give a penalty to him."

Whilst everyone has a view on the incident and all that followed, Massa's comments are of particular interest because in 2011 he and the Briton had a number of incidents one, in which Hamilton punctured the Brazilian's right-rear tyre resulting in a drive-through, whilst following another clash in Japan he called on the FIA to take action over what he saw as another rash move by the (then) McLaren driver.

Famously, Massa approached Hamilton in the paddock in Singapore following another incident, put his hand on the Briton's shoulder and said "Good job, bro!", Hamilton turning around - on camera - and warning the Brazilian never to touch him again.

Referring to the Spa stewards, Massa continued. "I think the FIA have a really tough job," he said, congratulating the stewards for their past performance. I think their problem is that the scenario is always different, so the same rule doesn't always apply exactly. Sometimes perhaps it is difficult to say which rule applies to what situation."

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1. Posted by Red Baron, 06/09/2014 0:56

"I think the only reason the stewards didn't act at spa is because the indecent involved drivers from the same team."

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2. Posted by nonickname, 05/09/2014 6:45

"Com on guys be gentle.This is the guys who got hit on the head with a spring which has impaired his memory."

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3. Posted by scf1fan, 05/09/2014 6:19

"I suspect that Felipe needs to concentrate more on being further up the field than on critiquing other drivers. How could he tell that NR "didn't brake" when he probably couldn't see that far up the road? Vettel and Alonzo (both much closer to "the incident" than Felipe) regarded it as just that, a racing incident."

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4. Posted by gturner38, 05/09/2014 2:24

"Massa also thought Magnussen should have been penalized when Felipe chopped across the McLaren's nose in Germany. He's just being consistent."

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5. Posted by Tommy Tipper, 04/09/2014 22:40

"On a completely different note (the Massa stuff is irrelevant), is Christian Horner sporting a ginger beard or do you think stuff has just rubbed off onto his chin?"

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6. Posted by Dreadnaught, 04/09/2014 20:47

"Massa should keep his opinions to himself. Everyone is talking far too much and we really don't need the drivers joining in the chorus where it concerns others. He needs to get on and sort out his own season which has not been too clever thus far."

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