F1 »

F1 Monaco GP: Massa brushes off crash but admits Williams ‘struggling’

Felipe Massa suffers a heavy crash in FP1, but says Williams is struggling ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix regardless.
Felipe Massa has brushed off his crash in first free practice for Monaco Grand Prix as simply a 'mistake', but admits Williams are struggling to again find form around the street venue.

A year on from Williams suffering a torrid weekend around the Principality as it struggled with poor grip, though the team says it has worked hard to improve the car's performance on low speed circuits, 14th and 16th for Valtteri Bottas and Massa respectively suggested the gains are minimal.

Hampered furthered by Massa losing much of FP1 when he crashed heavily at Ste Devote, though the Brazilian shrugged off the accident itself, he says the average pace of the FW38 is of more immediate concern.

“We are in Monaco, it can happen,” he said. “Dirty track, I made a mistake, it can happen. Unfortunately it happened to me.”

“It was definitely not a very good Friday,” he continued. “We had a crash in the first session which in Monaco can happen, especially when trying to find the limit of the track and the car, a dirty track. The guys did a fantastic job to put the car back on the track.

“When we see we are 14th and 16th, it is not really positive and we need to understand how to make the car quicker here and how to make the car better on slow corners, get better traction. We are struggling a bit.”


by Ollie Barstow



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
26.05.2016 - Free Practice 1, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
Pirelli tyre compound choices, Malaysian Grand Prix [Credit: Pirelli]
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38 leads Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
18.09.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38 with a puncture.
18.09.2016 - Race, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 leads Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
18.09.2016 - Race, Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
18.09.2016 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
18.09.2016 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 leads Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.