Massa, Coulthard still at odds over crash
|By Jonathan Noble and Pablo Elizalde||Thursday, March 20th 2008, 09:18 GMT|
Felipe Massa and David Coulthard continued at odds over their crash during the Australian Grand Prix last Sunday.
The duo crashed when Massa dived down the inside at the end of the Melbourne straight, with Coulthard closing the door before making contact with the Ferrari.
Coulthard's Red Bull car ended up quite heavily damaged and the Scot was very angry at Massa, saying he expected the Brazilian to apologise.
But speaking in a press conference ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix, Massa, sitting beside Coulthard, insisted he had done nothing wrong.
"I was a bit surprised, we are there for racing I try to pass him, I was inside, he closed me and we crashed," Massa said. "Everyone knows that two cars cannot do same place in the corner and usually the guy on the outside has more possibilities to go off so that is it.
When asked if he had apologised, he said: "no. Because I didn't do anything wrong. When I do something wrong then I will apologise. This time I don't need to.
"As I said, I was inside. That is racing, even as Robert (Kubica) said, it is racing. Everyone is racing and when you are quicker when the car in front you try and overtake, I did a normal manoeuvre and dive inside, and to be honest I didn't expect David to completely close the door.
"In my opinion he didn't see me, that is my opinion, also when you do something wrong the FIA is there to take reaction, they didn't even put my car, or his car, under investigation, so it was a pretty normal incident."
Coulthard saw things differently and expected Massa to change his approach next time around, although the Briton apologised for his strong language after his exit.
"Apologies for my strong language, I was just frustrated," said the Scot. "The reality is that in this situation he is not racing me for the world championship, so he can do the same thing in the next 17 grands prix and have the same result.
"Quite clearly my eyes point forward, they don't point rearward, so he has a much clearer view to how much space there is.
"I didn't take a different line, I took a normal line, so I was prepared for him to pass in to Turn 3, because the Ferrari has a much better top speed and is a much quicker car, so if he makes the same choice in the future he will get the same result.
"I can't make my car invisible, but I am not fighting for the world championship, he is, so I guess next time he should wait until corner three."