Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez Crash: Williams and Force India Divided on Blame

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 9, 2014

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 05:  Sergio Perez of Mexico and Force India walks across the paddock ahead of the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 5, 2014 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa's Canadian Grand Prix came to a devastating end when the pair collided on the final lap, but since the incident, both parties have taken to social media to plead their case.

Stewards investigating the incident blamed Perez, handing him a five-place grid penalty for the next race in Austria, as per James Galloway and William Esle of Sky Sports.

It's a view Massa subscribed to, judging by what he retweeted on to his Twitter feed:

@paschettafer: "@f1writers: It was not Felipe's fault. #F1 pic.twitter.com/y9X56BvYG9 via @shailesh6666" @MrSwagmark

— Reginaldo Leme (@RegiLeme) June 9, 2014

But Force India and Perez have defended themselves on social media as well. The Mexican retweeted the following on his timeline:

@clubforce @SChecoPerez pic.twitter.com/5sgBtRH6lv

— Aitor Fernández (@Aitor_Paji) June 9, 2014

And Force India backed their man:

They say a picture is worth a thousand words... who crashes into whom? pic.twitter.com/uyqROPRSFZ

— Sahara Force India (@clubforce) June 9, 2014

"I watched several replays of the incident and I can't help but notice how Felipe turns right just before he hits me" says @SChecoPerez.

— Sahara Force India (@clubforce) June 9, 2014

If someone thinks you can keep two Red Bulls behind for as long as we did with so-called 'terminal' problems, they are clearly misguided.

— Sahara Force India (@clubforce) June 9, 2014

Both men were taken to hospital in the wake of the crash, television broadcasts noted, but both escaped serious injury in the high-speed shunt. And both are clearly well enough to be talking it through on social media.