Suspension failure causes Massa crash
Felipe Massa suffered two heavy and almost identical crashes over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. The first, which occurred during Saturday practice, was put down to driver error but the second has been the focus of a Ferrari investigation and the results have revealed it to be a completely different cause.
Massa crashed out of Sunday’s race on lap 29 and whilst it looked the same as his earlier accident, the team revealed that it was in fact suspension failure which caused the crash and not driver error.
A team statement read “The findings validated the first impressions of the engineers, confirming that the accident was caused by an element of the front left suspension breaking.”
Now that the investigation results have been confirmed, the team can now get on with preparations for Canada: “With all the required inspections completed to analyse what happened at the Monegasque circuit, the car assembly department can now start work in preparing the car for the Canadian Grand Prix.”
The Brazilian driver was taken to hospital after complaining of neck pain but was released later in the evening and returned home. He will now take a few days to relax and recover in Monaco.
Team Principal Stefano Domenicali is thankful that his driver emerged relatively unscathed, saying “The best news to come out of the Monaco weekend is that Felipe is fine. Two big accidents, just over twenty four hours apart and all he has to show for it is a bit of muscle pain. Fortunately there were no other injuries.”
Massa’s team-mate Fernando Alonso raced to seventh place in Sunday’s prestigious race after starting from sixth on the grid.
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