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Indian GP: Massa, Hamilton on collision course yet again

by Ruhi Batra TNN Posted on 31 Oct 2011 247 Views

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The moment cars numbered 3 and 6 collided on Lap 24 of the Indian GP, the whole media centre burst into laughter. Given the history between McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa, the clash on Sund
y had been as anticipated as it was inevitable.

It was almost as funny as watching Rowan Atkinson put on his best 'Mr Bean' facial contortion in the McLaren garage while watching TV footage of the collision!

The brewing mutual antipathy between Massa and Hamilton, however, saw a twist in the tale this time. This time it was Massa who was the aggressor, being too aggressive while trying to pass Hamilton on Turn 5. The stewards even handed the Brazilian a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.

"Felipe just turned in on me, he didn't give me any space," shouted Hamilton over the team radio. He had to pit for a new front wing while Massa continued.

 

Massa retired from the race. Unlucky day

 

Massa's woes too didn't end with the collision. He again ran heavily over a raised orange kerb and broke his left suspension, repeating the mistake from Saturday's qualifying, but at Turn 8 this time. On Saturday, it was the kerb at Turn 7 which did the damage. He was seen walking back dejectedly with brother Eduardo.

Massa, expectedly, saw red. "My view is that I was in front, I braked later than him and I was in front. I was on the grippy area as well and then I started to turn and I didn't see him on the left as he was behind. He touched my rear wheel. So, to be honest I don't understand why I have the penalty. It is not really understandable."

This was the sixth time this year that the two have run into each other. On Sunday, Hamilton had attempted to patch up with Massa during the one-minute silence for deceased drivers Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli. "We had the one minute silence before the race and I was standing next to Felipe. He's not spoken to me for a long time but I made the effort, I put my arm round him and said good luck for the race," Hamilton said after the race, in which he finished seventh.

Road Rage: A series of run-ins

Massa and Hamilton had several collisions this year, and unlike this time, it was the Briton who was criticised for aggression.

Japanese GP, Oct 9: The two clashed early in the race. The contact cost Massa the end plate of his front wing. No penalty was given.

Singapore GP, Sep 25: The McLaren star clipped the right-rear tyre of the Ferrari, leaving Massa with a puncture and himself with a broken front wing. Hamilton was handed a drive-through penalty. Later, Massa interrupted a Hamilton television interview with a sarcastic 'well done'.

Singapore GP Qualifying, Sep 24: During Q3, Hamilton muscled his way past Massa on the 'out' lap, causing him to abort his first run.

Monaco GP, May 29: Hamilton made contact with Massa as he tried to pass on the inside, causing the Ferrari to damage its front wing against the rear of Mark Webber's Red Bull. Massa then found himself on the outside of Hamilton through the tunnel and, struggling for grip, finished his race against the barriers. Hamilton was given a drive-through penalty. "Maybe it's because I'm black," Hamilton said later.

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