SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Race winner Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP is congratulated by Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Vettel: Massa did Bottas a favour twice

SOCHI, RUSSIA - APRIL 30: Race winner Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP is congratulated by Felipe Massa of Brazil and Williams in parc ferme during the Formula One Grand Prix of Russia on April 30, 2017 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Just when Sebastian Vettel was setting himself up to pounce on Russian Grand Prix winner Valtteri Bottas on the last lap of the race, the Williams of Felipe Massa was in his way, a final attack was thwarted and the German said afterwards that the Brazilian helped the Finn on two occasions in the final laps.

After finishing second in the race at Sochi Autodrom, Vettel told reporters, “[Felipe] did cost me. First of all, he handed a very pleasant tow to Valtteri on the last lap, and I was in the DRS, which was tough enough to do. And then he let him by and I don’t know if he knew there was another car coming. I don’t think, maybe.”

“Obviously Felipe did him a favour twice. Once handing him a pleasant tow and then he cost me a bit of time. But that’s how it is with backmarkers,” added Vettel sarcastically.

When told of Vettel’s complaint, Massa retorted wryly, “He was on his radio? He is never on his radio complaining!’

“I backed off before corner four and he did not want to go [past] so I saw that he was afraid to dive inside. I was completely on the left and then I let him by straight away after.”

“I am sure that he was not passing Valtteri in the last lap of the race. Complaining is what he likes to do,” added Massa who finished ninth.

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