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Magnussen pleads innocence over Massa clash

The Brazilian had to retired after his incident with the McLaren driver in the very first turn or the race.
Sunday, July 20, 2014

HOCKENHEIM, Germany, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen hit back at Felipe Massa's claim on Sunday that he was to blame for their first corner collision at the German Grand Prix, saying he had nowhere to go.

Magnussen, 21, said he did his best to avoid driving his McLaren into Massa's Williams, causing an accident that sent the Brazilian upside down as he bounced across the circuit.

Massa was unhurt, but after a visit to the circuit medical centre he blamed Magnussen for the incident.

The race stewards said no action was needed.

"For sure, if I had another place to go I wouldn't have had contact," said Magnussen.

"I didn't see the replay. It's a bit difficult to comment if you haven't seen the accident.

"I'm sorry about the situation, but I did my best and tried to avoid him, but I didn't really have anything to do. I wasn't really trying to do anything with Felipe -- so to have contact, with him, was very unfortunate."

Starting fourth, Magnussen spun and lost several positions as a result of the crash, but recovered to finish in ninth place.

Earlier, Massa had said: "The accident was a little bit more scary watching than being inside. I just saw everything the other way around, but I am fine.

"I am so disappointed at what happened. It's another race and another car that has pushed me out and finished my race -- and, for me, with a car that is very competitive and fast. That's so disappointing.

"I was in front and doing the corner in front. If someone needs to watch, it's the car behind."

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