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2014-06-20 08:44


NOT TO BE TRUSTED? Force India’s Sergio Perez (above) has been slammed by Williams’ driver Felipe Massa as "untrustworthy" ahead of the 2014 Austrian GP. Image: AP /K erstin Joensson

SPIELBERG, Austria - The chill between Formula 1 drivers Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez after their crash on the last lap of the 2014 Canadian GP in June is showing no signs of lifting ahead of Sundays (June 22) Austrian GP.

Williams’ driver Massa told journalists ahead of the race: "When somebody is paying so many penalties, is causing so many problems, you cannot believe him. I will not trust him any more.

VIDEO: Massa, Perez crash at 2014 Canadian GP

"When behind him, I will think three times where I need to go because I don't know what he's going to do."


The two drivers were involved an horrific crash on the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in Montreal as Massa tried to overtake his Force India rival. Massa has repeatedly insisted the collision, at 300km/h, was Perez' fault. He added on Thursday (June 20 2014): "I will not change my opinion. I'm totally ready... but I didn't do anything wrong, he did, and it was dangerous, for him as well."

He said he was ready to speak to Perez but would not make the first move. The two have not spoken since arriving in southern Austria.

Massa, recalling his feelings as he lost control of his car and headed for the barrier in Montreal, said: "It was a big one, the worst feeling is when you don't have brakes, you cannot stop the car and you see that the wall is just coming in front of you.

"That's really a very scary moment."


He was happy that he was not hurt though claims Perez had not stuck to racing rules and was to blame for the crash: "The rules say that when somebody moves the car behind and puts the front wheel on the side of your rear tyre, you cannot turn the car any more, you cannot move any more."

Perez will start Sunday's (June 22 2014) race with a five-point grid penalty, a punishment Massa still considers too low, - especially as the collision could have involved Sebastian Vettel, who was close behind when the two collided.

Perez, for his part, was tight-lipped about the accident at a pre-race news media conference at the Red Bull Ring and refused to comment on Massa's latest comments.

Perez said: "He has his opinion, I have my opinion. We just have to sit down."

The International Automobile Federation is due to review the crash in Austria after second practice on Friday.

"We have enough evidence to prove that I did nothing wrong," Perez insisted.


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