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GP Week : Issue 183
The cult of Ste Devote still remains passionate in the Principality of Monaco. Seen as a divine protector against the Genoese and the Pisans, the initiatory corner of le circuit de Monaco was anything but a safeguard for Felipe Massa during the weekend, but in contrast proved a happy hunting ground for Paul di Resta. After collecting the barrier at Ste Devote during FP3 on Saturday, Massa was left to start Sunday’s race from an ignominious 21st position. Adding insult to (literal) injury, the Brazilian was hampered by a damaged shoulder for good measure. After some confusion between the Caterhams and Marussias during the first lap, Massa initially managed to scythe his way up to 16th behind the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez, but that was as far as he got before his option tyres began to fall away. His fading rubber left Massa within the grasp of Paul di Resta, who executed a bold move around the outside of an exposed Felipe through St. Devote for 15th position – di Resta would go on to perform the same impressive demarche around Esteban Gutierrez’ Sauber one lap later. Realising only more time would be lost by staying out, Massa duly pitted but struggled to get heat into the newer prime tyres. On the approach to Ste Devote a lap later, the Ferrari driver lost the rear of his car under braking, collecting the parallel Armco barrier in the process. From there Massa was a passenger, slamming sideways into the Turn One barrier in a simulacrum of his practice shunt, bringing out the Safety Car. While Massa’s first accident was thought to be brought about by the floor of the car bottoming out under braking, a statement has yet to be made by Ferrari as to the cause of the crash, although the team have revealed that they believe it to have been a mechanical error. Massa walked away from the incident but was taken to hospital for obser vation before being given the all-clear by medical staff. The Legend of Ste Devote 30 GPWEEK.com // 30 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> MONACO