Massa points the finger at Magnussen for first corner crash

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Felipe Massa has blamed Kevin Magnussen for causing the crash that saw his Williams roll into the gravel and out of the race.

At the first corner of yesterday’s German Grand Prix, the two drivers came together after Magnussen made a great start and tried to pass the Brazilian down the inside. Massa took the racing line through the sweeping right-hander, and did not appear to see the Dane.

Massa’s car was immediately flipped into the air before rolling over and coming to rest in the gravel. Thankfully, he walked away unharmed, but he was not pleased with Magnussen when speaking to the media after the race.

“I was in front, I was doing the corner in front of him,” Massa said. “If anyone needs to watch, it is the car behind. I didn’t see yet the accident, but normally the car behind has to brake.

“At that the corner you cannot have three cars side by side, and I backed off a bit to not be side by side with my teammate. It is normally a guy who comes from GP2 who causes this accident.”

This marked Massa’s third first lap retirement of the season, and he was left disappointed after qualifying in third place at Hockenheim.

“The only thing is I am so disappointed with what happened,” he said. “Another race where a car put me out. I am really disappointed.”

Looking at the video replays, it seems that both drivers have a case for pleading innocence. However, Massa should have been more aware of Magnussen, and had plenty of run-off area to take to in order to avoid a collision. After investigating the incident, the stewards decided to take no action.

Williams confirms Kubica and Sirotkin for Abu Dhabi F1 test

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Williams has confirmed that Robert Kubica will enjoy his third Formula 1 test outing with the team at the end-of-season running in Abu Dhabi next week as rumors grow regarding a possible race seat for 2018.

Almost seven years after his last F1 start, Kubica’s remarkable return from severe injuries sustained in a rally accident saw him enjoy two private tests with Renault before completing running with the team in a 2017-spec car in Hungary over the summer.

Reservations over Kubica’s capabilities prompted Renault to pass on giving him a seat, instead opting to hire Carlos Sainz Jr. for next year, only for Williams to become an alternative for the Pole.

Kubica tested a 2014-spec Williams at both Silverstone and the Hungaroring in recent months, and will now sample a 2017 car when he tests at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit next Tuesday and Wednesday.

Kubica will share track time with regular Williams racer Lance Stroll and Russian youngster Sergey Sirotkin, who has worked with Renault over the past two years but also missed out on a 2018 seat.

“Williams Martini Racing is pleased to confirm it will run Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin for the Abu Dhabi Pirelli tire test, alongside current race driver Lance Stroll,” a statement from the team reads.

“The Pirelli tire test will take place over two days at the Yas Marina circuit during the week following the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“On day one Robert Kubica will drive the FW40 in the morning session, before Lance Stroll takes over in the afternoon.

“On day two Sergey Sirotkin will drive in the morning and afternoon sessions before handing over to Robert in the late afternoon.

“The test is aimed at evaluating 2018 candidate tires on behalf of the Formula 1 tire supplier Pirelli.

“Williams is excited to have this opportunity to assess the new tyres across such an interesting range of drivers: Lance, as confirmed race driver for 2018, Robert with his huge experience, and Sergey as a very promising young talent in Formula 1.”

Williams denied earlier this week it has signed Kubica to partner Stroll for 2018, but indications are the deal looks very likely to go ahead, subject to the relevant paperwork and contracts being finalized.