A furious Sébastien Bourdais has claimed Massa's track behaviour during the Japanese GP inconsiderate and 'disrespectful' towards himself. As the Frenchman came out of the pitlane in lap 51, Massa left no room, effively causing a collision.
"I did everything I could not to run into him," the Toro Rosso driver told Reuters. "He just squeezed and turned and behaved like I didn’t exist, like I wasn’t there. What am I supposed to do? I was coming out of the pits, he turned in, I was on the kerb and there was nowhere else I could go. I was racing him for position."
Although Massa claims to have already taken the corner, making the turn like nobody is there is just naive. Bourdais was defending his position and still drove far on and over the kerbs to avoid a collision.
As a four time Champcar champion, Bourdais certainly knows how to tackle a championship and puts in perspective Massa's aggresive driving: "Fighting for the championship you just don’t take unnecessary risks like this,” he said. “You’ve got everything to lose and nothing to gain. He was going to pit in three laps, I was ahead of him and he was going to finish behind us anyway. Why would you even think about doing something like that? I don’t understand."
Surprisingly, the stewards even handed out a penalty to Bourdais for causing a collision, while it is without doubt the other way around. Felipe Massa had all the track for himself, but rather chooses to cut Bourdais, bumping with his right front wheel into the sidepod of the Toro Rosso.