Ferrari and Massa facing race against time for qualifying

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There’s no rest for the wicked in Formula One, but Ferrari are facing a particularly busy lunchtime in Monaco after Felipe Massa suffered a big crash during final practice ahead of qualifying today.

The Brazilian driver crossed the start-finish line with DRS open to start a flying lap, and he appeared to lock up under braking after hitting a bump in the road. Massa’s Ferrari F138 careered into the wall on the left-hand side of the track before running into the barrier at Ste Devote and coming to rest.

Massa’s car was badly damaged, losing its front wing and both front wheels due to the severity of the crash. Thankfully, he managed to walk away from the accident without too much trouble, although reports in the paddock suggest that he may be suffering from a shoulder injury due to the big impact.

Ferrari will now have a big repair job to complete in time for qualifying, with Massa being forced to start P22 should they fail to get him out during Q1. In 2010, Fernando Alonso suffered a similar fate after a crash in FP3, but he managed to recover in the race to finish 6th.

Massa will also incur a five-place grid penalty after changing his gearbox due to the accident.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”