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Perez hits back at Massa crash criticism

The Force India driver believes Massa was to blame.
Monday, June 9, 2014

9th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Sergio Perez hit back at criticism from Felipe Massa and Rob Smedley about their crash in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand Prix and the state of the car.

The stewards decided that Perez was at fault, saying he changed his racing line, and handed the Mexican driver a five place grid penalty.

Massa branded Perez ‘dangerous’ and said he needs to learn but Perez on the other hand believes the Williams driver was at fault.

Force India shared the comments from Perez on their Twitter page.

"I watched several replays of the incident and I can't help but notice how Felipe turns right just before he hits me” Perez said.

“If someone thinks you can keep two Red Bulls behind for as long as we did with so-called 'terminal' problems, they are clearly misguided.”

"I was following the same line and braking patterns as in the previous laps and I just got hit from behind by Massa..."

“There was plenty of space on the left of my car to attempt a clean overtake and I cannot understand why he had to scrape by."

Smedley, Williams Head of Vehicle Performance, commented that Force India should have retired Perez’s car, which was suffering with brake problems, before the crash happened.

The Force India driver hit back at Smedley’s comments, saying the car was perfectly driveable.

“I’m not happy about comments saying we should have retired the car,” Perez said.

“It was perfectly driveable with just some adjustments and we showed it up until the moment in which we were taken out.”

“Other cars out there had been in similar conditions for way longer than us and they finished the race without problems.”

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