De la Rosa criticises stewards after Alonso clash

Tue, 15 May 2007, 12:12

The stewards should have investigated the first corner incident involving Felipe Massa that left Fernando Alonso’s car on the gravel and damaged at the start of the Spanish grand prix on Sunday.

That is the belief of Alonso’s test driving McLaren colleague and countryman Pedro de la Rosa, who told the newspaper Diario As that he was surprised that the clash at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya passed without the intervention of the FIA.

“At the very least, the stewards should have investigated,” de la Rosa, who backed Alonso by saying that Massa had “lost” the corner before closing the door, said.

The Spaniard explained: “I am not saying that Massa’s was a punishable action, but the drivers should have been called up for an analysis of exactly what occurred.”

Another Spaniard, however – Spyker test driver Adrian Valles – dismissed the clash as a normal racing incident.

He said: “Fernando had to take the risk because the Ferrari was faster. Massa did not give way and both did not fit into the same apex.

“I do not believe that Massa did anything deliberately wrong.”

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