Nasr gets penalty for Massa block

Date published: November 14 2015 - Editor

Felipe Nasr has been slapped with a grid penalty for blocking fellow Brazilian Felipe Massa during qualifying at Interlagos.

The Sauber driver was driving slowly ahead of his flying lap in the final few minutes of Q1, but instead of moving out of the way for Massa, who was about to start a hot lap, the rookie kept his line.

Massa was forced to duck wide and he went off the track and the race stewards decided to investigate the incident after qualifying.

After closer inspection, Nasr was hit with a three-place grid penalty, which will see him drop from 11th to 14th on the grid, while he was also handed two penalty points to his licence.

"It was a difficult situation," the rookie said. "I was told that all the cars around me were on a slow lap, everyone was synchronised. I then saw Bottas, as I was preparing to open my lap, and I then saw Massa on a quick lap.

"I don't want to create problems and I'm sure he'll understand."