Massa, Sainz disagree over 'deliberate' block

From ESPN - November 11, 2017

Felipe Massa says Carlos Sainz admitted to deliberately impeding his first Q3 lap during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, but Sainz has denied the claim.

Massa was forced to abandon his first flying effort in the final segment of qualifying, after encountering Sainz's Renault at Turn 4. Massa qualified 10th but is set to start his final home race in Brazil from ninth after Daniel Ricciardo's grid penalty is applied.

The Williams driver was left furious by the incident and was adamant he could have qualified higher had he not been blocked, having posted the fourth and seventh-fastest times in Q1 and Q2.

"I was so happy with the car in Q1 and Q2, and unfortunately in Q3 I had a driver, Carlos Sainz, disturbing my lap on purpose, on purpose," Massa said. "And I think that's really amazing, because when you have a mistake from the engineer or maybe did not know the car was coming, it can happen. But on purpose, no.


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