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Narain, Massa caught in a war of words
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, June 14, 2011
First Published: 00:28 IST(14/6/2011)
Last Updated: 17:08 IST(14/10/2011)

The Canadian Grand Prix finally gave the Hispania Racing Team, and their drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Tonio Liuzzi, something to cheer about as the duo who have spent a better part of the season checking their rear view mirrors to make way for faster cars to lap them were suddenly pulling off swift overtaking maneuvers. However, the team's good outing was not without controversy as Ferrari's Felipe Massa felt the Indian driver unwillingness to be lapped cost him a podium finish.

"He (Narain) was going very slowly on the dry line but then, as I was passing him on the wet, he accelerated and I lost control of the car ending up in the wall. Thanks to the next Safety Car, I was able to catch up to the pack and then, in the end, I passed a few cars to get as high as sixth. I am angry, there is no point denying it," Massa said. Karthikeyan, however, felt Massa had only himself to blame. "I'm very surprised that a driver with Massa's experience would make such an unfair statement. He's just trying to find someone else to blame for his own mistake," the 34-year-old told HT.

Despite a confident drive, Narain's race ended on a bitter note as he was slapped a post-race penalty that saw in him finishing in 17th place instead of 14th.


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