MOTORSPORT: Massa and Perez in row after GP crash

Sparks fly as Williams driver Felipe Massa crashes into the wall during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

Sparks fly as Williams driver Felipe Massa crashes into the wall during the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal

First published in Sport

Williams' driver Felipe Massa has become involved in a bitter war of words with Sergio Perez following their horrific smash in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The two men blamed each other for the last-lap crash in Sunday’s race.

The stewards ultimately decided that Force India driver Perez was at fault for an incident in which Massa, from the Grove-based team, ran into the back of the Mexican, handing the former a five-place grid penalty for the next race in Austria on June 22.

The crash saw Perez ram into a barrier to his right, while Massa, who was placed fifth at the time, hurtled straight on into a tyre wall, narrowly avoiding the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel en route.

Both men emerged unscathed from their cars, and were given the all-clear at both the track medical centre and a Montreal hospital after tests.

Massa initially described Perez as “dangerous” and claimed both he and his rival were fortunate to escape injury from such a big hit.

He added: “I spoke to him (Perez) at the medical centre. I was so disappointed with him. I said he needs to learn. I wanted him to put himself in my place because I had a huge crash.

“It’s not the first time he’s turned into somebody under braking. He has done this many times, but he turned and left.”

Perez in turn labelled Williams’s head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley as “clearly misguided”.

Smedley had highlighted Perez’s radio call on lap 67 bemoaning his lack of rear brakes as a reason to have retired the car.

To Smedley, Perez’s words suggested to him the issue was “terminal”, and so should have pulled out.

Perez defended his actions, even suggesting Massa was the guilty party.

He said: “I was following the same line and braking patterns as in the previous laps, and I just got hit from behind by Massa. His misjudgement cost us a big amount of points.”

BRADLEY SMITH COLUMN: I couldn't ask for more from a special MotoGP run

Oxford Mail:

4:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

I DON’T want this season to end – after such a brilliant three weeks I’m ready to face at least six more grands prix, but unfortunately there is only one left.

Tom Newey loaned out by Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

12:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

OXFORD United's Tom Newey has agreed a loan move to Northampton Town until January.

Oxford United player likely to leave on loan today

Oxford Mail:

9:40am Thursday 30th October 2014

ONE of Oxford United’s senior players is expected to finalise a move away from the club today.

LONDON WELSH: Piri Weepu plays down injury concerns

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

LONDON Welsh scrum half Piri Weepu yesterday played down concerns about the ankle injury that has left his right foot in a protective boot.

London Welsh scrum on down for a bit of action at Oxford's Radcliffe Camera

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

LONDON Welsh rugby players are well known for their big hits on opponents in the Aviva Premiership, but yesterday they were the big hits as they took the Big City Scrum to the streets of Oxford.

ATHLETICS: Bellinger and Moore star to make frame at Stroud

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

DARRELL Bellinger and Diane Moore flew the flag for Oxfordshire with strong showings at the Stroud Half Marathon.

Oxon Under 18s fall to fightback

Oxford Mail:

7:20am Thursday 30th October 2014

Oxfordshire Under 18s let slip a 21-0 lead in a 24-21 defeat to Cornwall at Bristol Grammar School.

ATHLETICS: City veterans retain crown

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

OXFORD City retained their vet 55-64 title at the British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) Cross Country Relay Championships.

ATHLETICS: Rendell claims Great victory

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

SARAH Rendell produced a personal best performance to take victory at the Bupa Great South Run 5K in Portsmouth.

ATHLETICS: Bridges third at Candleford

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Thursday 30th October 2014

DENISE Bridges finished third in the ladies only Candleford Canter 10K.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree