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Livid Massa calls for bigger punishment for Perez

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Felipe Massa believes the five-place grid penalty Sergio Perez received for his part in their high-speed accident at the Canadian Grand Prix was not harsh enough.

The pair collided at the end of the pit straight on the final lap of the race as Massa attempted to pass the Force India into Turn 1. The stewards deemed Perez to have moved across on the Williams under braking and issued a penalty as a result, but Massa was furious with the Mexican and claimed he laughed at him after the incident.

"I talked to him from the hospital to the track," Massa said after the pair were cleared following precautionary checks. "I was so disappointed with him. He needs to learn and I wanted him to be in my position, because I had a huge crash and I wanted him to be on my page to see if he learns.

"It's not the first time he turned on someone under braking. It's not the first time, he's done it many times. He said nothing, he just turned and he laughed."

He added: "Honestly, I thought it was going to hurt. The impact was very strong so I'm really happy that nothing happened."

Massa believes the stewards should have come down harder on Perez, who will start five grid positions down from wherever he qualifies in Austria.

"They have rules for every accident and the positions, I don't know how it works. But for me it's not enough. What can I say? We were doing 300km/h, and if you do that on 300km/h and you have another car in front it could be a very serious accident. It's dangerous, you know. For me five places is not enough, but he was dangerous because [Sebastian] Vettel was in front, so it could have been worse."

Massa denied it was a risky manoeuvre on his part, saying he was taking advantage of Perez's slow exit from the final chicane after the Force India had been passed by Vettel.

"I had the DRS and I managed to put the car on the inside, he had no tyres left and I was going to brake on his inside and pass him easy. I think it was not a risk, I think it was an opportunity after Sebastian had passed him. Ricciardo took the risk to pass him [at the same corner] and he won the race, so it was not anything crazy. I just put it up the inside and if he braked later than me that would have been fine and I'd have stayed behind."

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