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After accident: Massa start in second free practice uncertain

Friday, August 25th, 2017 | Sports

25. August 2017 – 13:01

Hardly taken: Massas Bolide after the accident in the 1st free practice

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(cafetheology.org) – For Felipe Massa, the F1 2017 Grand Prix of Belgium is getting thicker: the Brazilian beat the tire stack of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the first free practice session on his first flying lap. He lost control of his Williams FW40 in the Malmedy curve, which followed the chicane "Les Combes", as he touched the inner edge. The Williams team now needs to build a new chassis. A start in the 2nd free practice session is uncertain. The winner of the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix had to leave the car after only a few kilometers after he had made a driving mistake. In the Malmedy curve, he took the curb along the track, causing the car to become restless. He steered and flew into the gravel bed with a classic counter-diverter and then into the tire stack. This seriously damaged the vehicle. A hole in the biker's safety cell makes it necessary to change the chassis. "Unfortunately, the damage is a bit heavier than one would like on a Friday," says Paddy Lowe. "We will now replace the chassis because some damage is irreparable." Williams is now working feverishly to make the replacement chassis ready. Whether it is still a start in afternoon training? "It's going to be tight," he admits. If at all, there will only be a few rounds in the end. Felipe Massa is a victim of two different circumstances: on the one hand, Spa-Francorchamps is a race track of the old school. Here, mistakes are mercilessly punished. On a retort track such as Bahrain, Austin or Abu Dhabi, he would have simply gone through an asphalted run-out zone without something happening. Here, however, a mistake hurts. For another, Williams meets the ban of replacement cars hard. Lowe comments on this rule, which was originally conceived for cost reduction (but it could not effectively reduce it), subconsciously critical: "A few years ago there was still a T-Car that could easily be made ready "Massa himself said only briefly to his ride:" I just lost the rear and slipped into the runout zone, unfortunately I have an accident. " He does not want to associate the disaster with his Hungarian illness: "No, no, certainly not, but the car is quite damaged."

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