Stewards are to revisit the collision between Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez
Williams driver says he no longer trusts Force India rival, whose Canadian GP grid penalty could be overturned
By Mike Wise at the Red Bull Ring. Last Updated: 19/06/14 6:12pm
Stewards at the Austrian GP are to study the collision between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa in Montreal again, meaning that the Force India driver could have his five-place grid penalty for this weekend's race overturned.
Perez and Massa were contesting fourth place entering the 70th and final lap of the Canadian GP two weeks ago when they collided at high speed, with both drivers lucky to escape the ensuing accident with little more than bruising.
They were undergoing medical checks when race stewards investigated the accident and although Perez was found culpable, Force India have requested that FIA officials study it again in accordance with Article 13.10.1 of the governing body's International Sporting Code.
Force India have cited the emergence of "new elements" and the stewards will meet at 9am on Friday to decide whether or not they have a case. If so, they'll reconvene at 4pm later that day to discuss it further.
Massa and Perez were outspoken in their criticism of each other in the days following the accident and the Brazilian ramped up on the subject when questioned at the Red Bull Ring on Thursday, saying that he "will think twice" before dicing with the Mexican again.
"You cannot believe when somebody gets so many penalties and is causing so many problems, you cannot believe. I will not trust him any more, definitely," Massa said.
"If you know their history, most of the time it's the young drivers - especially him - that cause these problems. It's dangerous.
"If I made a mistake, I'd be the first 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 will learn. Otherwise, he'll pay more penalties in the future."
Perez sounded a little calmer during the official Drivers' Press Conference, adding: "Felipe is a good guy and he has his opinion and I have my opinion.
"We need to sit down, but also tomorrow we will get a chance to sit down with the FIA and review the incident and we think we have enough evidence to prove that I did nothing wrong."
This weekend's Austrian GP is live only on Sky Sports F1. Race Day coverage begins with the Track Parade at 11.30am on Sunday