United States GP

No action taken in Alonso/Massa incident

The stewards decided that no action should be taken in the incident between Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.

After pitting under the Virtual Safety Car, Carlos Sainz appeared in fifth place, and jumped ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa. Although quicker, the Williams wasnt able to get ahead of the Toro Rosso, which meant that Fernando Alonso was able to close in on the pair of them. Sensing an opportunity, the Spanaird went down the inside of the Williams driver at turn 15, the pair banging wheels in the process.

Although the McLaren got away unscathed, Massa had to pit on the penultimate lap with a puncture, although the stewards decided it was a racing incident: “The Stewards examined the evidence and conclude that no driver was wholly or predominately to blame for the collision.”

Massa was clearly not happy about it after the race: “I had a really good start and the race was going fantastically. I avoided the incidents at corner one and managed to overtake two cars. Our pace was really good and I managed to open up the gap to the cars behind.

“Then I was really unlucky with the virtual safety car because I was nine seconds ahead and then Sainz came out in front of me, gaining a lot of time and points. At the end, Fernando dived into the corner I was taking, hit my car and I got a puncture because of it.

“It destroyed every opportunity I had to finish the race in sixth, and potentially fifth. We still finished seventh and closed the gap to Force India, but it should have been more. It’s time to look ahead to Mexico.”

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Ashley Quint

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