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Massa Slams Rivals; Guenther Responds

Felipe Massa hits out at Max Guenther, Oliver Rowland after contact in Santiago…

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Felipe Massa has hit out at Max Guenther and Oliver Rowland after incidents with both the GEOX Dragon and Nissan e.dams drivers ended his Santiago E-Prix.

Massa was forced to stop his Venturi VFE05 midway through Saturday’s race while placed in tenth position.

But clashes with Guenther and then Rowland while coming onto the main straight caused terminal damage and ensured he was forced to retire the car on safety grounds.

Neither of the incidents were investigated by the stewards during or after the race.

“Even if Rowland pushed me in the wall in the end, at the exit of the corner, the problem started earlier, because I was next to Gunther and he just pushed me completely in the wall,” Massa told e-racing365.

“After [Rowland] got inside, at the exit we touched and the car was broken.”

Massa was especially critical of Guenther who was racing the Brazilian for eighth position at the time of contact at the hairpin.

“The problem started with Guenther when I was trying to overtake him,” said Massa. “Typical Formula 3 driver who on the braking is just pushing the car over the other one. That didn’t help.”

Guenther, who raced in Formula 2 last season after two years of F3 competition, replied to Massa’s protestations.

“[Massa] crashed a few times into my diffusor in the last two corners,” Guenther told e-racing365. “From my point of view I don’t understand why he is the one who is complaining.”

Despite the disappointment of another non-points score Massa says that he is positive about the improvements made on the Venturi cars.

“The race was going OK and we were in the points and the team made a fantastic job and [Stoffel] Vandoorne was also doing a good job in terms of pace,” he said.

“Things are getting better in terms of pace, in terms of the car, and the team. I think that’s the positive thing.

“Having a better car helps, so I really hope we can understand even a lot of things to make it more competitive for Mexico.”

Sam Smith is e-racing365's Formula E Editor. A 20-year veteran in motorsports media, including press officer roles in both the FIA Sportscar Championship and at Lola Group, Smith is a well-known face in the Formula E paddock, where he served as series editor for Motorsport.com from 2014-17. Contact Sam

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    Kris G.

    January 29, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Mortara (Massa’s team mate) did finish in fourth which shows some improvement concern to the Venturi powertrain used by HWA too.

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