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GP Week : Issue 203
When ambitions collide The battle for what would have been fourth was resolved ferociously as the combatants – sergio Perez and Felipe Massa – headed into the last lap. With Sebastian Vettel having got through Perez and eased a few metres away, this was Massa’s chance to have a go at the Force India and he appeared headed for the inside of Turn 1. Perez moved slightly to defend, the two cars touched, and rotated at high speed into the barriers. Unsurprisingly, both drivers had somewhat different perspectives on the shunt – Massa pointing to the over-all result loss: "I was one of the quickest guys on the track, so we lost many points today,” he concluded. I'm happy that I'm here with no problems but I'm so disappointed for what happened with Perez, and also for the pitstop because I think maybe we could even have fought for victory today. But it shows we have a good car and I'm convinced the next race will be better." Perez had what turned out to be an ambitious analysis of the crash given the final Stewards’ outcome: "On the final lap I was defending my position going into Turn 1 when I suddenly got hit from behind. It was a big impact, but I am okay. “I'm really sad for the team because we had an amazing race today and the one-stop strategy was working perfectly. It was not easy in the final laps and I was pushing hard to try and get ahead of Nico for the lead. Daniel managed to get ahead of me when I had an electrical issue with my car, but I managed to reset the system for the final couple of laps. The podium was possible today and I'm just very disappointed for the points we have lost." For his part, Williams chief Rob Smedley bemoaned the significanr points loss: "It's massively disappointing to lose that position with Felipe at the end. It looked like he was going to get past Perez and they've had a collision. “Valtteri's race was going well but we were a little bit hot, having to manage engine and brake temperatures, as a lot of other cars were. That dropped him to ninth, which was recovered to seventh with Felipe's accident. “In free air the car was very quick, but we've lost a lot of points that we should have picked up today." ABOVE: Felipe Massa is helped from his car by the Medical Intervention Doctor. 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CANADA PARTNERS: