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No regrets from Massa over Coulthard crash

The veteran Coulthard, whose car was wrecked, was very angry and demanded an apology from Massa.
AFP | By HT Correspondent, Malaysia
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2008 04:08 PM IST

Brazilian Felipe Massa continued to refuse to apologise to Scot David Coulthard on Thursday when the pair were offered a chance to settle their feud following a collision at the Australian Grand Prix.

Speaking during a pre-race news conference at the Sepang circuit ahead of this Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, Massa said he had done nothing wrong and had no intention of saying sorry to Coulthard.

They crashed when Massa, pushing hard to make up for a near-disastrous race for him and the Ferrari team, attempted to drive down the inside of Coulthard's Red Bull car at the end of the main Melbourne straight.

Coulthard, on his normal racing line, 'closed the door' and when Massa refused to ease off it made an impact inevitable.

The veteran Coulthard, whose car was wrecked, was very angry and demanded an apology from Massa.

Massa refused then, last Sunday, and did so again on Thursday when the pair were positioned sitting alongside one another at the news conference.

"I was a bit surprised, we are there for racing I try to pass him, I was inside, he closed me and we crashed," Massa said.

"Everyone knows that two cars cannot do the same place in the corner and usually the guy on the outside has more possibilities to go off so that is it."

When Massa was asked if he had now apologised, he said: "No - because I didn't do anything wrong. When I do something wrong then I will apologise. This time I don't need to.

"As I said, I was inside. Everyone is racing and when you are quicker than the car in front you try and overtake, I did a normal manoeuvre and dived inside, and to be honest I didn't expect David to completely close the door.

"In my opinion he didn't see me, that is my opinion. When you do something wrong the FIA is there to take reaction, they didn't even put my car, or his car, under investigation, so it was a pretty normal incident."

Coulthard said: "The reality is that, in this situation, he is not racing me for the world championship. So he can do the same thing in the next 17 Grands Prix and have the same result.

"Quite clearly, too, my eyes point forward. They don't point rearward. So he has a much clearer view to how much space there is. I didn't take a different line, I took a normal line.

"I was prepared for him to pass me at turn three because the Ferrari has a much better top speed and is a much quicker car. So, if he makes the same choice in the future he will get the same result. I can't make my car invisible."

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