Ferrari has revealed that a technical issue was the cause of Felipe Massa's accident in the Monaco Grand Prix, with the Brazilian being absolved of any blame by his team.
Massa crashed out on lap 28 in an incident that seemed to be a carbon copy of his accident in final practice on Saturday, with his car hitting the barriers on the outside of St Devote before going straight on into the tyre wall.
Following the incident, which caused the first of two Safety Car periods, Massa was taken to hospital for checks after complaining of neck pain before being released.
However, the team was quick to point out that – unlike in practice – the driver hadn't been to blame, with investigations to be carried out into the exact cause of what happened.
“First and foremost, I'm pleased that Felipe is okay,” technical director Pat Fry said after the race. “Today's accident looked very similar to what happened in the third free practice session, but in fact the two incidents are very different.
“Unlike yesterday, it seems that today's incident can be attributed to a problem on the left front corner of the car. It's too early to say precisely what happened and in the next few days, we will try and ascertain the exact cause back in Maranello.”
Massa himself said he was feeling fine aside from some slight pain in his neck, and was eager to just put the Monaco weekend behind him.
“My race ended on lap twenty eight after an accident at the St Devote corner, just as happened yesterday morning in the third free practice session,” he said. “I was taken to hospital for all the precautionary checks and luckily everything is in order. I'm alright, I've just got a slight pain in my neck, but nothing serious.
“Now I will look to get in shape and be back 100 per cent for the Montreal race. All I want to do is put this bad weekend behind me and think about doing well in the rest of the season.”