Massa downplays Hamilton altercation

Date published: September 26 2011

Felipe Massa has downplayed reports that he gave Lewis Hamilton a good ol’ shove after the McLaren driver wrecked his Singapore GP…

Felipe Massa has downplayed reports that he gave Lewis Hamilton a good ol’ shove after the McLaren driver wrecked his Singapore GP.

Fighting for position in Sunday night’s race, Hamilton hit the back of Massa’s Ferrari, breaking his own front wing and puncturing the Brazilian’s rear right tyre.

It was not their first incident of the weekend as Hamilton had previously attempted to overtake Massa for track position in qualifying and almost crashed into the back of him.

As to be expected, Massa was not very happy with the McLaren driver and confronted him in the paddock while Hamilton an interview to Dutch television.

Give the Brit a slap on the shoulder and pulling him by the upper right arm to grab his attention, Massa said: “Good job, well done.”

Hamilton spun around and told Massa: “Don’t touch me man. Don’t touch me.”

The Ferrari driver responded: “You’ll win a lot of World Championships like that.”

Hamilton’s response right before he marched away: “Well there you go.”

And, of course, it was captured on YouTube.

Massa, though, has downplayed the incident.

“Yesterday he tried to be Superman in the qualifying and today he tried to do the same,” said the Brazilian.

“What can I say? How many races this year has he gone in the wrong direction?

“I tried to speak to him, but he didn’t listen to me. I called him twice but he didn’t listen, he passed through. He didn’t even look at me.

“I went to him and went like that (thumbs up), and said to him: ‘Very good job, well done.’ That’s it.”

Expect Massa and Hamilton to both be in the line-up at the Thursday’s press conference ahead of the next race in Japan…

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