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'Massa could have avoided Hamilton crash at inaugural Indian F1 Grand Prix'

London, Wed, 02 Nov 2011 ANI

London, Nov 2(ANI): One of the stewards at Sunday's inaugural Indian Formula One Grand Prix, Johnny Herbert, says that Ferrari's Felipe Massa deserved to be punished for crashing into McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton's car.


Massa had insisted that he did nothing wrong after the warring duo clashed for the sixth time this season at Greater Noida's Buddh International Circuit.


However, Herbert said that Massa was rightly given a drive-though penalty as he knew Hamilton was beside him, but still cut across his rival.


"The decision to penalize Massa for his contact with Hamilton came down to one fact, it could have been avoided. Massa was upset by our decision, but I believe we made the right call," the Sun quoted Herbert, as saying.


"After looking at it from different camera angles and studying all the data available to us, it was clear that Massa knew where Hamilton was before he chose to turn across him. There was nothing Hamilton could have done to avoid it. He did try to get out of the move, but it was too late," he added. (ANI)


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