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Herbert: Massa drive through justified

Johnny Herbert says it was the right decision to hand Felipe Massa a penalty for contact with Lewis Hamilton in India
Johnny Herbert, who was part of the steward's panel for the Indian Grand Prix, has insisted that Felipe Massa deserved the drive-through penalty he was awarded during the inaugural race at the new Buddh International Circuit.

The Brazilian was given the penalty after another clash on track with Lewis Hamilton, with the pair touching as Hamilton tried to make a move for position into turn five.

As Massa tried to close the door, contact with the McLaren saw him run off-track while Hamilton was forced to pit for a new nose and dropped down the order, with Massa also losing places after serving what he felt was an unjust penalty.

However, writing in the National newspaper, Herbert insisted that the decision to penalise Massa had been the correct one as contact between the two drivers didn't need to happen.

“The decision to penalise Felipe Massa for his contact with Lewis Hamilton came down to one simple fact - it could have been avoided,” he said. “As one of the stewards for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, I was involved in the review of the incident and the discussion of the penalty. I know Massa was upset by our decision, but I believe we made the right call.

“After looking at it from different camera angles and studying all the data available to us, it was clear that Massa knew where Hamilton was before he chose to turn across him. You could see that Massa looked in his side mirror, so he knew Hamilton was on his left as they approached the left-hand turn. It appeared he was giving up the corner as he moved wide to the right, effectively opening the door for Hamilton to go down the inside on the left. Only, Massa swept across in front of him, leading to contact.

“There was nothing Hamilton could have done to avoid it. He did try to get out of the move, but it was too late and the contact was made. If Massa had not gone wide - that would have been a different scenario altogether. If there had been contact then, the blame would have been Hamilton's.

But as it happened, the incident could have been avoided. Massa knew where Hamilton was, he opened the door for him by moving wide, and after doing that he still swept across and did not give Hamilton room. That's why the decision was made to punish him with a drive-through penalty.”

Hamilton himself wasn;t blameless during the weeknd as he picked up a three-place grid penalty for ignoring double waves yellow flags in Friday practice, with Sauber's Sergio Perez picking up a similar punishment.



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Clondikemike - Unregistered

November 01, 2011 3:34 PM

Before all the Crash experts come out and start ripping Herbert to shreds along with the stewards with there armchair experiences Herbert sums it up as it was. "It could have been avoided". Just like it was when Lewis hit Kobyashi. Don't twiiter on about racing lines who should have been where who was on the brake off it or trying to get in or out. Massa turned in on Hamilton and didn't have to. Not saying he did it on purpose but it was deffo an avoidable collision. Well done J.H and the stewards. Another correct decision.

Jon

November 01, 2011 4:58 PM

My only comment: Please may we never read the phrase 'armchair expert' again. We're all 'armchair experts'- otherwise knows as 'fans' or 'enthusiasts'. Lots of us have opinions, and none of us are F1 drivers. Surely we're allowed a bit of banter and opinion without it all turning nasty?



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