F1 » F1 2011 POLL: Were the stewards right to penalise Massa?


Vote in our latest F1 poll and have your say now on if Felipe Massa deserved a drive-through penalty following the collision with Lewis Hamilton during the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the all-new Buddh International Circuit.

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Justin Beiber - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 2:34 PM

Hamilton should have gotten the penalty. It was a bad joke to give it to Massa.. Hamilton tried to pass on a part of the track where only 1 car can fit in(according to Martin Brundle) It was wishful thinking on his part to imagine he could pull it off. He only had to wait for the DRS zone and he would have breezed past Massa. I hope for his sake that he can get his sh!t together in 2012 otherwise his contract renewal negotiation will be painful

goklien - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 2:50 PM

i've seen incident like this many times before and the one who cut other driver line always got blamed..so i think stewards was right to penalize Massa

and one good advice for massa: Your time in F1 is over dude

OZFan - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 2:53 PM

Contract renweal negociations you said? I don't think so.
Massa really needs to talk to John Booth or Colin Kolles, because those are the only teams that would hire him, given he can bring in enough cash from his brazilian sponsors.

wazzup - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 3:02 PM

Ferrari need to get get rid of this guy ,he is bad for their image, he has no class and isn't much of a driver . 98 pts. to Alonso's 227 , realy ? Bring in Kubica for 2012.

Priaulx2

October 31, 2011 3:03 PM

I wholeheartedly agreed that it was massas error that lead to the collision (still not decided on whether or not it was a penalty or not but hey i don't have to make one) until I read that hamilton said that he tried to pull out of the manouvere. In my experience attempting to bail out of a pass is futile and only leads to accidents. If you are trying to make the pass you are already braking as hard as possible. You cannot slow down any faster and get back behind whoever you are racing. It's better to stay committed to the pass and make the apex first because then both drivers know where they should be - you should be through and he should be yielding or trying to hang on round the outside. If you attempt to bail out your opponent may think you have only had a half hearted look and turn in, in which case you're both f*cked.

dcts46 - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 3:09 PM

Massa caused an avoidable accident , he saw lewis , braked later but then turned in without leaving Lewis any room . He should have took a wider line and attempted to stay ahead for the next turn - however I think the penalty was harsh , as have alot of lewis' penalties this year so at least the stewards were consistant .

Droog

October 31, 2011 3:10 PM

Lewis had the racing line, Massa visibly looked where Lewis was in his mirrors and turned in anyway, probably assuming that Lewis would get the penalty for any incident.
It looked good on him to get nailed, both on track and with a penalty.
HRT bound.

Maroc - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 3:13 PM

No, Absolutely Not, It was a 50/50, Hamilton knew where Massa needed to turn in for that corner and thats why he tried to abort the pass, but it was to late, He caught Massa's back wheel, surely thats enough evidence to show he wasn't far enough along side for him to claim the corner. The penalty was more to do with their history than what happened at that corner. Maybe Mclaren are already thinking of replacing Hamilton with Mr Bean, Well he already drives a Mclaren and was Guest of Mclarens over the weekend, stranger things have happened.

BASTA PASTA - Unregistered

October 31, 2011 3:43 PM

-yes yes yes- wrote Calvin (of Calvin & Hobes fame I believe...?) and I say no no no...Little Lewis demonstration of lack of jugement in the past shall materialise again and again since Uncle Ron ( the Godfather) would not admit His own fault in betting McLaren's money on maybe the fastest horse around if nobody else is on the track nor any decision involving brain micro-electric impulse is ever needed?

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