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Coulthard: Hamilton was more responsible on collision with Massa

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Former Formula One racing driver David Coulthard says Lewis Hamilton was more responsible about collision with Felipe Massa. Coulthard wrote in Daily Telegraph article.

Hamilton and Massa clashed for the sixth time in 2011. In Indian collision consequence was FIA stewards give a drive-through penalty for Massa. David Coulthard says it was stewards misinterpreted decision. Coulthard think if any guy should have been punished for the collision it should have been the McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton.

“I simply can’t understand how Felipe could have been deemed the guilty party. As drivers we are always taught that the car behind is responsible so to my mind the stewards misinterpreted what happened,” Coulthard wrote Daily Telegraph.

“I don’t want to beat up on Lewis. Far from it.

“I supported him in similar circumstances after Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi clipped the back of him at Spa. And after everything that has gone on over the past weeks and months he deserves a break. But in this instance I feel he was definitely the guiltier party. If Lewis had got that far up alongside Felipe into a tight hairpin, where the braking zone is maybe 100 metres and lasts for a few seconds, then I think Massa would have been right to give way. But heading into a fourth gear left-hander at maybe 150-160km/h? Where the braking zone lasts for one second? I don’t think Massa can be held responsible.”.

“This isn’t really about Lewis and Felipe. It could have been any two drivers. What concerns me more is the inconsistency of stewarding decisions,” he added. Making these types of calls is one of the real difficulties with a complex sport like Formula One, but it was almost as if they felt that – with Lewis receiving so many decisions against him this year – they were trying to redress the balance. A bit like in football when a referee sends someone off in controversial circumstances and the crowd is on his back, he is more disposed to send a player from the opposition off.”


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