Massa: Sutil should have given me space

Felipe Massa blames Force India’s Adrian Sutil the pit-lane incident that put his European Grand Prix in jeopardy.

The Ferrari driver came into his second pit-stop behind Sutil but was released into the path of the Force India driver and narrowly avoided a collision.

The race stewards said they would investigate the incident after the race on the grounds of it being an “unsafe” release.

However, Massa reckons Sutil should have given him more space given that the German was a lap behind.

“I think it was not very clever from his side,” he said, “because even if he goes out in front of me he still needs to me by.”

“So it was a little bit of shame to fight with him in the pit lane and the wall coming very close so I needed to back off, and for sure I lost a lot of time. Fortunately the gap was not enough not to lose time.”

“I stopped behind him at the pit-stops then we went into together so when he was passing me by I was leaving the garage and we were side by side.”

“I was the leader and he was the lapping car so it was quite narrow, the wall was getting narrower and narrow so I didn’t want to take any risks.”