Sergio Perez says Massa’s to blame for Canadian GP crash

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After being handed a five-spot grid penalty for the next Formula One race in Austria, Sahara Force India driver Sergio Perez has come out and blamed Felipe Massa for their incident yesterday in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Perez and Massa were battling for fourth place when they came together at Turn 1. Both cars crashed heavily into the barriers, forcing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel to weave through the chaos.

In handing Perez the penalty, stewards ruled that the Mexican changed his line and left Massa with nowhere to go. But this morning, Perez gave his side of the story on the @ClubForce Twitter account.

The team then followed Checo’s quotes with this:

Both Massa and Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley have pointed the finger at Perez for the accident.

In comments to Britain’s Press Association, Massa not only showed his disgust with Perez but with the penalty given by the stewards, which he feels is not enough.

Smedley also added that he showed stewards a radio transcript that proves Force India allowed Perez to continue despite a rear brake issue.

“We showed them evidence from the radio transcript – which I think was around lap 67 – where he [Pérez] said ‘I’ve no rear brakes’ I think was his comment,” Smedley said. “They [Force India] said ‘Well if you can carry on, carry on, and if you can’t, pit’.

“That says to me it’s a fairly terminal problem.”

Perez had moved up from 13th on the grid yesterday to shadow then-race leader Nico Rosberg in the second half of the race before the braking problems set in during the final laps.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.