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GP Week : Issue 222
Debate over the rights and wrongs of Max Verstappen's Monaco Grand Prix crash carried on into Canada. Verstappen was handed a five place grid penalty in Monaco for the incident which saw him collide heavily with the wall at Ste Devote after tagging the rear of Romain Grosjean's Lotus. Following the race, Felipe Massa was particularly scathing of the teenager and encouraged the FIA to hand him a penalty. "I said when I had the inter view after the race, he was not penalised and they asked me what I thought and I said 'I think he needs to be penalised because what he did was wrong,'" Massa explained in Canada. "That's what I said and I think, especially when you're in your first year, 17-years old and if you do something like that and you're not penalised, it's completely wrong. "I think the FIA needs to be strong in a proper way which is what they did actually, that's the only thing I said and I don't change my mind." However Verstappen is unmoved by the penalty and instead remains adamant that he was in the right. "Well, everybody can have their opinion," he responded. "I looked at my data, I didn't brake any later. I have braked later in the race before that but on the lap I crashed, it was exactly the same lap as the lap before and I got my penalty." The young Dutchman wasn't taking Massa's comments lying down though. "I'm focusing on Canada right now and maybe you should review the race from last year and see what happened there." Massa was involved in a final lap crash with Sergio Perez in last years Canadian Grand Prix, an incident for which Perez was penalised but which similarly polarised opinions. "I think it was a little bit different, no?" questioned Massa. "I was on the side and he moved the car on braking so... I don't think Grosjean moved the car on braking..." verstappen not listening to critics 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news