Felipe Massa’s German Grand Prix lasted a matter of seconds after he was rolled by Kevin Magnussen at the first corner on the first lap of the race.
Magnussen had taken to the inside of the corner to try and pass the Brazilian, only for Massa to try and sweep through the corner ahead of the McLaren driver. This did not work, causing the Williams car to roll into the gravel.
Thankfully, Massa managed to walk away from the incident unharmed, but with another DNF to his name, he will undoubtedly be very disappointed.
The stewards did investigate the incident, only to decide that it was a racing incident, meaning that no further action will be taken.
The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.
The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.
In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.
Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.