Car failure caused Massa’s second crash

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Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari confirm Felipe Massa’s second crash at Sainte Devote was, unlike the first one, caused by a car failure.

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Pat Fry: “A race of containment” (Ferrari)

“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.”

Punch Perez in the face – Raikkonen (BBC)

“Asked if the drivers would talk to Perez, Raikkonen said: ‘That won’t help. Maybe someone should punch him in the face.’”

Mercedes and Pirelli face F1 penalties for unauthorised tyre testing (The Guardian)

Helmut Marko: “We are very unhappy. When we test for three days, we go a second faster ?ǣ that’s what Adrian Newey says. It definitely helped them ?ǣ you can see that they had no tyre problems today. That’s no accident.”

Ferrari wants test ban clarification (Autoport)

Stefano Domenicali: “When there is something in the sporting regulations, you expect a penalty. It is not really obvious what would be the effect on the race weekend, it is bigger than that. I do not know what the solution is because there is no precedent.”

Mackenzie: We are not the bad guys (Sporting Life)

Force India deputy team principal Bob Fenley: “I apologise for being a bit hard on [CVC]. But the sentiment, the problems we have are still in position and that we need to address.”

Lotus F1?s ??56m loss is motorsport?s biggest (The Telegraph)

“In the year ending December 31 2012, the Oxfordshire-based team made a ??56.8m after-tax loss due to reversing sponsorship revenues. Its net loss widened by ??35.9m as revenue fell 19.8pc to ??92.7m.”

2013 Monaco Grand Prix – Post Race Press Conference (FIA)

Sebastian Vettel: “I was a bit surprised by the slow pace in the opening laps. Usually you expect two Silver Arrows in front of you and there were two buses today going for a cruise ?ǣ at least in the first couple of laps.”

Tight turnaround – Monaco heroics from the Lotus F1 Team crew (Lotus)

“The power steering rack for example requires the pedals to be removed for it to be worked on, so when Romain was first sat in the car ready to go out he didn?t have a throttle pedal as the crew were still working on it; that?s how tight the timescale was.”

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On this day in F1

Pierre-Henri Raphanel, who turns 52 today, entered 17 races but only started one of them. That was in a Coloni at Monaco in 1989. He failed to make it through pre-qualifying on his nine other appearances for the team that year. He then switched to Rial where he at least made it as far as qualifying but no further.

After racing sports cars and touring cars Raphanel he went to work for Bugatti as a test driver. Raphanel set the record for the fastest speed achieved in a production car, the 1,200bhp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, hitting 415kph (257.87 mph), though the record was later annulled on a technicality.

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141 comments on Car failure caused Massa’s second crash

  1. Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 27th May 2013, 5:55

    Race ban for Chilton?

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 27th May 2013, 6:22

      Why? It’s the first accident he has caused, it seemed like a genuine mistake – he simply misjudged the closing speeds – and the only reason why the race was red-flagged was because of the narrow circuit.

      Some people are far too quick to suggest race bans as punishment for first-time offences.

  2. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 27th May 2013, 6:26

    Perhaps the FIA should fine itself for a change, or give its president a one-race ban for mismanaging the siutation.

  3. katederby (@katederby) said on 27th May 2013, 8:58

    Throughout the season we see drivers running others off the track onto the runoff area and commentators saying, ‘yes ok but if they do that kind of stupid move in Monaco the other guy will end up in the barriers’. And yesterday we saw that; Perez and Maldonado both had lucky escapes, Maldonado in particular. Chilton’s lack of spacial awareness was worrying.

  4. katederby (@katederby) said on 27th May 2013, 9:00

    *spatial (really need glasses)!

  5. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 27th May 2013, 9:31

    Get well soon Murray!

  6. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 27th May 2013, 10:38

    I’m a massive Kimi fan, always have been, but what he has said here is not how a world champion should act. I personally thought Kimi turned in on Perez, and though aggressive, Perez is just trying to show what he is capable of, and since Bahrain, it’s been impressive.

  7. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 27th May 2013, 11:14

    @keithcollantine
    I have to disagree with you here. Yes, Kimi could have been more circumspect in hindsight, but this is just his emotion and depth of feeling regarding the incident coming through. Is that wrong? He had just finished a grueling 162 mile race, with 100% physical/mental concentration on every single corner. He had lost a decent 5th position for 10th due to what he rightly perceives as reckless driving from Perez. Is he expected to deliver Shakespearean prose about the incident when asked? Perez does deserve to be punched on the nose!

    Boxers regularly beat themselves up before the match; no one calls them “immature” and “unprofessional”, footballers spit, punch and assault themselves regularly. They are simply sent off and not derided as unprofessional. Rugby players, ice hockey players also assault themselves regularly; It is seen as part of the game.

    James Hunt assaulted a marshal at the Canadian GP 1977, Schumacher almost hit Coutharld at Spa 1998 and swore at him in full view of camera, Senna actually assaulted Irvine, and unleashed a so far unparalled tirade of swear words at Suzuka 1993 and Piquet Snr and Eliseo Salazer gave fans more than their money’s worth at Hockenheim 1998. And recently, Massa actually pushedHamilton during a television interview at Singapore 2011

    F1 drivers are human beings, not robots, and I think we sometimes expect too much of our sportsmen in general. We put them on pedestals and expect them to be infallible. Most humans being would be far more irate in Kimi’s shoes. Being an F1 driver does NOT make him less human than any of us. I think he behaved impeccably given how he was feeling at the time.

  8. tmekt (@tmekt) said on 27th May 2013, 11:17

    According to Mika Salo’s race commentary, Mark Webber has made a similar remark to him about Vettel and their relationship, off the record obviously but still. Not even mentioning the drivers who have taken these kind of statements to the practical level and actually hit other drivers.

    I still think that a guy who really says what he thinks is a fresh exception among all the PR machines that they call drivers these days. …Obviously not trying to encourage violence though.

    • kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 27th May 2013, 12:19

      Totally agree. How many people have at some point in their life, wanted to punch someone for something stupid they did? Saying so is neither immature or unprofessional – especially if you are in a high adrenaline sport and you are intervied directly after the incident.
      Incidentaly, Kimi did not even say he wanted to punch him, he said maybe “someone should punch him”. Nothing wrong with the statement at all IMO.
      Kimi speaks his mind, which is simply a breath of fresh air in this era of robotic, PR notebook controlled drivers.

  9. bpacman (@bpacman) said on 27th May 2013, 12:31

    I’m not sure Raikkonen should be that aggrieved about the Perez incident – I think if anyone was to blame, it was Kimi for closing the door way too late.

    If you watch Perez’s onboard you can see the Mercedes ahead of Kimi taking the usual racing line – which is by staying to the far right of the track until the last minute and then turning in. Kimi moved to the far left in the braking zone – when he should’ve stayed to the right. If Kimi wanted to place his car there – he should’ve moved far earlier, not once Perez was alongside his rear wheels.

    • Manished said on 27th May 2013, 17:00

      absolutely BS.

      KImi had every right to defend as he was far ahead and commit to normal braking point while perez just dive in with 4 wheels locking.

      Perez has no right to ask for 1 car width there. And he would nvr make it into the corner with that dive.

  10. Bruno (@brunes) said on 27th May 2013, 13:34

    Ferrari has no right to complain about a team that goes directly against regulation.
    Regardless of the outcome, they clearly went against the rules when they told Massa to let Alonso through. And what happened then? the rules were bent and now team orders are legal. It does not matter if one agrees or not with team orders, at that time they were illegal.

    Now, to complain about Merc just looks pathetic. I think the others can say whatever they want, but not Ferrari.

    p.s. I do not agree in any way with the fact Mercedes was given 1000 kms of testing. But it just made me so angry to read Ferrari doesn’t like when someone breaches the rules.

  11. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 27th May 2013, 20:22

    “When we test for three days, we go a second faster – that’s what Adrian Newey says”

    Haha! I love this guy!!

  12. Tim (@hoshino) said on 28th May 2013, 17:32

    Seeing how nervous Kimi is being so far this season, and remembering Lotus’ words about “now Kimi got everything he needed and nothing unwanted and he’s happy in the team”, I think they forgot to provide him with one little but significant thing – enough ice cream.

  13. Starbuck (@starbuck) said on 29th May 2013, 11:08

    Gotta admit, I don’t believe Ferrari. I think they’re either protecting Massa or the team.

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