Felipe Massa has said will not trust Sergio Perez again following the pair’s heavy accident in the closing stages of the Canadian Grand, adding that he will “think three times” before considering any overtaking move on the Mexican in the future.
The FIA, however, will tomorrow morning review the accident at the request of Force India who want the five-place grid penalty handed to Perez for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix rescinded.
Speaking at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg where teams are preparing for the first Austrian Grand since 2003, Massa once again insisted that Perez was at fault for the huge crash in Canada that saw both drivers taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
“The rules says when somebody moves the car behind and puts the front wing on the side of your rear tyres you cannot move any more,” said Massa. “He didn’t follow that. I will not change my opinion. What I just said, this is the rule.”
Massa added that in future he will be more cautious in attempting to pass the Force Mexican driver.
“I will think twice, because I believed he would not move his car, I believed him,” said the Williams driver. “You can’t believe now when somebody who is paying so many penalties and causing so many problems, you can’t believe… I will not trust him anymore, definitely. When I will be behind him again I will think about three times where I need to go because I don’t know what he is going to do.”
Force India, meanwhile, are insistent that their driver was not at fault and have asked the FIA to review the accident, believing they have strong new evidence in Perez’s favour. Race stewards in Austria will begin their review at 9am tomorrow, with a further meeting pencilled in for the late afternoon should the team’s new information require it.
For his part Perez said he would be prepared to sit down with Massa and thrash out the rights and wrongs of the incident, but at the same he reiterated his belief that he did nothing wrong.
“Felipe, we all know he is a good guy. He has his opinion, I have my opinion, and we just have to sit down,” he said. “Also we get the opportunity tomorrow, with the FIA, to review the accident once again, as we believe we have enough evidence to prove I did nothing wrong.”