Massa blames Magnussen for causing first lap shunt

By Ciaran Fahey, AP, 20 July 2014
© AP Photo/Petr David Josek

A collision at the first corner of the German Grand Prix between Kevin Magnussen's McLaren and Felipe Massa's Williams, which flipped over and slid across the run-off area in a shower of sparks, has left the Brazilian disappointed.

The McLaren also left the track and Red Bull driver Ricciardo had to steer wide around them to avoid the damage, dropping him down to 15th and compromising his race.

Magnussen had to pit to repair damage to his left front tyre but Massa's race was over. The Brazilian emerged unhurt from the car to cheers from the crowd.

"I'm okay. The accident was a little bit more scary watching than being inside. I just saw everything the other way around, but I am fine," Massa said.

"I am so disappointed at what happened. It's another race and another car that has pushed me out and finished my race,” he added referring to his second straight retirement. “With a car that that is very competitive and fast that's so disappointing."

Massa said the Danish driver was at fault although a stewards' review found no wrongdoing.

"I was in front and doing the corner in front. If someone needs to watch, it's the car behind," Massa said.


Edited AP report.


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