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Following their collision at Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, a small war of words has erupted between Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez. Force India have gotten involved too.
On the approach to Turn 1, Massa went into the back of Perez's car. The Mexican was sent spinning into the tyre wall at the outside, while Massa's Williams hurtled across the inside of Turn 1, narrowly missing Sebastian Vettel before ploughing into the barriers.
Both men were taken to hospital as a precaution, but suffered no injuries.
Despite the stewards ruling the incident was caused by Perez, each man believes the other was at fault. Massa said after the incident, per Crash.net:
I was much quicker than him on the main straight and then just before the corner I started to move on the left and when we did the corner I had my wheel next to his rear wheel on the left, and then it's a corner to the right.
Suddenly he moved his car over to my car and then we touched. Normally when you're turning you might start turning but his car went straight in to my car. Then I saw my front wheel went up and then I couldn't brake anymore so I went straight and had a big accident.
Massa went on to say a five-place grid penalty was insufficient punishment for such an offence.
But Perez hit back, insisting he was the innocent party. Speaking in a statement released by Force India (h/t Reuters' Alan Baldwin), he said:
It was very disappointing to lose such a strong result through no fault of our own.
I was following the same line and braking patterns as in the previous laps and I just got hit from behind by Massa. There was plenty of space on the left of my car to attempt a clean overtake and I cannot understand why he had to scrape by.
I watched several replays of the incident and I can't help but notice how Felipe turns right just before he hits me. I can only think he must have changed his mind and wanted to rejoin the racing line, his misjudgement cost us a big amount of points.
Massa's apparent "right turn" was also highlighted in a tweet by Force India. The in-car shot shows Massa steering slightly to the right immediately before the incident.
As said above, the stewards studied the incident and put the blame on Perez. He undoubtedly changed his line very late and gave Massa no chance of avoiding him.
Reddit user d3agl3uk posted a frame-by-frame breakdown of the incident illustrating this.
But one can't help but wonder if Massa should have given himself a little more space.