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Young drivers need to calm down - Massa

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Felipe Massa believes the latest generation of Formula One drivers are more accident prone than when he first started in the top flight.

Massa was involved in an accident on the first lap of the German Grand Prix with rookie Kevin Magnussen and was critical of the McLaren driver's approach to the first corner. He believes young drivers in F1 need to ease off a bit early in the race.

"Honestly, I don't remember in the past that this type of accident happening all the time," Massa said. "I was young and I even crashed many times, but I don't remember following different rules to the ones we have.

"I don't remember seeing myself, Kimi [Raikkonen], Fernando [Alonso] as young drivers, being involved in so many things like that. But anyway, it is just the way I think: I am not saying the young drivers don't have the talent to be in F1, they have very good talent. But sometimes they need to understand that you cannot win the race at the first corner."

Asked what he would say to Magnussen if the pair get a chance to talk, Massa said: "Just take it easy. I am not losing alone, he lost out as well. He spun and maybe his car was not the same, so he lost points as well. I hope it is enough to understand to take it a bit easier at the next race."

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