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Massa crash in Monaco leaves Ferrari racing against time to have car ready for qualifying

Updated: Saturday, 25 May 2013 12:30 | Comments

Felipe Massa walked away from the crash but Ferrari face a race against time to have the car ready for qualifying
Felipe Massa walked away from the crash but Ferrari face a race against time to have the car ready for qualifying

Felipe Massa walked away unharmed from a heavy shunt in the final practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix that has left Ferrari facing a race against time to fix his car ahead of qualifying.

Thirty-six minutes into the closing hour-long run around the streets of the principality, Massa smashed into a barrier as he attempted to turn into St Devote at the end of the start-finish straight.

The suggestion was either the throttle jammed open or there was a brake failure as the Brazilian locked up heavily and was unable to turn his car into the corner.

The initial impact into the first barrier was considerable as the front-left of his Ferrari took the full force before the car slid around 100 metres into a TechPro barrier at the run-off area of Ste Devote itself.

It immediately brought out the red flag to suspend the session, which was ultimately held up for six minutes as the car was cleared after Massa had clambered out of the cockpit to walk back to the garage.

It was the catalyst to an error-strewn session because within seconds of the track re-opening, Adrian Sutil lost his Force India on the run up the hill through Massanet, hitting the barriers to his right.

In the final minute, Lotus' Romain Grosjean again lost the back end of his car at Ste Devote.

Clipping a barrier, the left-rear wheel worked loose, the impact pitching him across the track and into more metal that dislodged the right-front.

It was Grosjean's second practice shunt after the Frenchman lost an hour in FP2 on Thursday, when Ste Devote again proved his undoing.

On the timesheet, Grosjean ultimately finished second behind Nico Rosberg who completed a practice clean sweep, posting the quickest lap of the event so far with a one minute 14.378secs.

Given the disruption, however, the majority of the drivers failed to come anywhere near Rosberg, with Grosjean 0.661s behind and with only three other drivers within a second of the German.

Even Rosberg, though, had a moment as he kissed a barrier with his left-rear on approach to the entrance of the tunnel.

Behind Grosjean were Red Bull's triple world champion Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, the latter 0.933s adrift of his team-mate.

Kimi Raikkonen, who suffered a left-rear puncture at one stage, was sixth quickest, 1.002s down, followed by Mark Webber in his Red Bull and Force India's Paul Di Resta, the Scot 1.216s off the pace.

Williams' Pastor Maldonado and Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10, with McLaren duo Sergio Perez and Jenson Button 11th and 12th quickest, with the Briton nearly 1.6s down.

British rookie Max Chilton, for the second time in three sessions, was slowest with a time of 1:19.228s, 4.850s behind Rosberg.

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