The FIA could take another look at the Felipe Massa/Sergio Perez incident at the Canadian GP after Force India claimed that it had “new elements” to back up its case.
Perez received a five-place grid penalty for this weekend after the last lap incident.
The Austrian GP stewards will examine the Force India evidence at 9 a.m. on Friday local time and, if they decide that new elements have indeed emerged, they will convene to formally consider if there should be any impact on the original decision.
The FIA rules allow the Austrian stewards to take the place of their counterparts in Canada who, due to logistical issues, cannot reconvene in their own right.
“We know he’s a good driver,” said Perez of Massa. “He has his opinion, I have my opinion. We just have to sit down. We will get the opportunity tomorrow with the FIA to review the accident once again as we believe we have enough evidence to prove that I did nothing wrong.”
Felipe Massa, meanwhile, has made it clear that he is still upset with Sergio Perez after their controversial last lap crash in Montreal.
Massa insists that Perez was totally at fault for the clash.
“The rules says when somebody moves the car behind and put the front wing on the side of your rear tires you cannot move any more,” said Massa. “So he didn’t follow that. I will not change my opinion. What I just said, this is the rule. And it’s coming from the FIA. And if you know the history, most of the time it’s always the young drivers, especially him, who cause these problems, cause these accidents, which is dangerous.
“If I made a mistake I will be the first one to say I made a mistake, I’m sorry, like I always did when I made a mistake. But people don’t think in the same way. So I’m sorry for him, and I hope he learns, otherwise he will pay more penalties in the future.”
Asked what he would do next time he tries to pass Perez, Massa said: “I will think twice. I [have to] believe that he will not move his car. And you cannot believe, when somebody is paying so many penalties, and causing so many problem, you cannot believe. I will not trust him any more, definitely, in the car.”Felipe Massa, Force India, Formula 1, Sergio Perez, Williams