Australian GP: Felipe Massa wants action against Kamui Kobayashi
|By Jonathan Noble||Sunday, March 16th 2014, 06:52 GMT|
Felipe Massa has called on the FIA to come down hard on Kamui Kobayashi for causing his first corner exit in Formula 1's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Kobayashi locked up under braking for Turn 1 in Melbourne and slid into the back of Massa - ending both the Caterham and Williams's races on the spot.
Massa, who had come into the weekend as a contender for a podium finish, was furious at what he had seen.
And he reckoned that what Kobayashi did was as bad as what Romain Grosjean did in Belgium in 2012 when he caused a first corner pile-up and was banned for a race.
"Somebody hit me massively, and it was really a shame as everything was under control for the start," said Massa.
"I was really careful going to the line very safely, but every time Kamui is trying to do a start like that he will do the same.
"You cannot brake at 50 metres on a start like that. I don't see a difference between what happened to his start and what happened to Grosjean when he did a crazy start at Spa."
When asked what he felt an appropriate penalty would be, Massa said: "I hope they give a hard penalty because you cannot do that."
Both Kobayashi and Massa have been called to see the FIA stewards after the race for the accident to be investigated.