Massa still adamant that Germany crash was not his fault

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Felipe Massa remains adamant that the first corner crash with Kevin Magnussen at the German Grand Prix was not his fault at all, and has hit out at the McLaren driver for being too aggressive.

The two drivers came together at the first sweeping right-hander at Hockenheim on the first lap, causing Massa to roll in his Williams. The Brazilian driver walked away unharmed, but the FIA decided that it was a racing incident.

Massa made some comments after the crash criticizing Magnussen for trying to win the race at the first corner, and his stance has not changed since last Sunday.

“I think he was a little bit too aggressive,” Massa said. “There were two cars there that he had not even the line to make that corner so quickly because he was on the inside.

“At the end of the day, he lost also points because of that, so it’s not just me. For sure, I lost and it was a big loss, and I was very cautious on that corner. I even backed off for Valtteri to go in front.

“In my car it was impossible to know that someone else was there. I couldn’t see!”

General paddock consensus suggested that Massa was to blame, but he found this laughable, comparing it to the incident at the 2014 Australian Grand Prix where he was taken out by Kamui Kobayashi and was clearly blameless.

“So you see that there is a lot to improve even in the FIA,” he said when asked about the stewards actions.

“You think it was my fault? It was my fault in the first race as well in Australia,” he added with more than a hint of sarcasm.

“I’m just saying that if the stewards is thinking like that, I don’t know who they’re taking to be steward to be honest. How many races has he caused problems on the first lap?” he said, referring to Magnussen.

Massa is now moving on from the incident, though, and has switched his focus to this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

“I don’t think really we need to go to the past and live in the past,” he said. “You need to live in the future, we need to live the present and we need to concentrate to do a good job here. That’s the only thing I care about. What is past, it will not change.”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET and Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The 40th Dakar Rally is now history.

Nearly 550 competitors began the early 5,600-mile long race 15 days ago and concluded Saturday.

As we’ve done throughout the Rally, here are some key video highlights from NBCSN’s coverage of the Rally:

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