October 31, 2011 (F1plus team).- Each of the clashes this year between Massa and Hamilton have been accompanied by crossed statements –of all sorts, good, apologetic, defiant, etc- some physical contact, but of course, everything is a consequence of what happened on the track.
Let's just do a recap.
On lap 32 Hamilton was visibly faster than Felipe and the Brit was on him from the casino. Then on the way down to Mirabeau, where usually only a single car can make the turn, Hamilton tried on the inside where little or no room was left getting his right front wheel against the side of Felipe’s. The Ferrari man came out ahead of the hairpin, but shortly after he took the dirt side in the tunnel while being overtaken by Lewis, and crashed. "It has gone too far," said Massa, and Hamilton responded: "This is a ridiculous joke. Maybe punish me because I'm black," something that was not well-taken by the authorities and public in general (he later apologized).
Last lap, Massa ran in fifth but was closely pursuing Hamilton with just two turns for the chequered flag. The Brazilian gets first on the outside to the left turn and Hamilton aggressively resists so they touched with bits coming out of the McLaren right front wing. Massa loses his position and opens a small gap on right, which is the last turn to the same side. Hence, Lewis is best for that next placed right-hander turn and takes his car to the flag, protecting his fourth place in front of his cheering public. There were no comments from either side afterwards.
Here's the biggest one. The already upset Massa obstructs a little the way for Lewis so he cannot have a good “hot Lap” on qualifying (Q3). Then in the race, Hamilton is after Massa and just before a turn, the Brit miscalculated and touches the Ferrari on the back provoking a flat tyre that basically wrecked Massa’s race. The Brazilian commented that "Hamilton does not listen to anyone but his father, the FIA should make it clear that he cannot drive like that" and even went physical when he approach Lewis in front of cameras, and hostilely grab him by shoulder and said "good job", to which Lewis stirred with a "do not touch me again." It was the hottest time.
Massa went after Hamilton before Suzuka’s chicane on the outer side, not the good one. So Lewis moved a few inches towards left before the turn (to the right) and tried to held his position by leaving almost no room for Massa, who also tried to held his, but they touched and the McLaren came on top. Massa complained to the stewards, but no one was sanctioned either.
Last Sunday, we witnessed another interesting one, but here it’s very difficult to assign responsibilities (regardless of the ‘stewards’ decision). Hamilton was after Massa, and at a left turn Hamilton looked to be in prime and was gaining ground towards the curve, but Felipe still seemed to have the racing line on his favor; so the closed to make the turn a both cars collided with both having to stop at pits to fix damages on their cars. Massa was penalized with a drive-through, which he thought it was unfair. Before the race Hamilton commented that he tried to make peace with Massa at the one-minute of silence tribute, but got response from the Ferrari driver.