Sainz says Massa accusation "doesn't make any sense"

Renault driver Carlos Sainz says Felipe Massa's accusation that he impeded the Williams driver on purpose during Formula 1 qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix "doesn't make any sense".

Sainz says Massa accusation "doesn't make any sense"
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32, celebrates as he returns to Parc Ferme with Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Felipe Massa, Williams FW40
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Carlos Sainz Jr., Renault Sport F1 Team RS17

An angry Massa, in his final home grand prix, slammed Sainz for what he labeled a "completely unacceptable" incident, accusing the Spaniard of having impeded him in Q3 on purpose.

Massa said: "I even spoke to him and said 'this time you disturbed me on purpose, you knew I was coming.' And he said, 'Yeah, I knew, because you disturbed me yesterday in the long run.'

"He did it on purpose and for me that is completely unacceptable, and this disrupted my qualifying to be maybe four of five positions in front."

But Sainz, who qualified right in front of Massa in eighth position, insisted he had no idea what the Brazilian was talking about.

"I don't understand it. I don't understand the accusations and all the problems," said the Toro Rosso driver. "Maybe he misunderstood the situation.

"He was in my way a lot of times in free practice and once in qualy, and that's it. We had our issues in free practice but in qualy I didn't see any issue apart from him impeding me.

"I know that he impeded me in Turn 4 but I don't know why he says I impeded him and even less that I did it on purpose. It's something that I don't understand at the moment.

"I think it would be good for both to think about tomorrow because we have a 70-lap race and to complain about one lap in qualifying doesn't make any sense," the Spaniard added.

Sainz said he might speak to Massa before the race.

"Let's see how he wakes up and how I wake up and if we have the time, we will talk," he added.

The Renault driver had another strong outing in his third grand prix with the team, making it into Q3 for the third time in a row.

"It's my third Q3 out of three with this team, so I have to be very pleased," Sainz said.

"Of course if I look at the data, there's places where I could have improved but when you are in your third race and you don't know how the car is going to react to new tyres, to track evolution, to drops falling today, you always need to have a big of margin, of everything under control.

"I'm not worried and I know it will come with more time."

Additional reporting by Oleg Karpov

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