Felipe Massa’s qualifying finishes in the wall

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Felipe Massa’s luck has failed to improve in Canada after his qualifying session ended in the wall due to a mistake in the wet conditions. The Brazilian driver experienced two heavy crashes at the last grand prix in Monaco, requiring medical attention after the race, and his state of mind will not have been aided by the incident in qualifying today.

During Q2, Massa was looking to improve his time in an attempt to avoid the dropzone, sitting 15th at the time of the incident. Heading into turn three (where Massa had already been off in Q1), the Ferrari driver clipped the slippery white line on the outside of the corner under braking, causing his F138 to slide off the track and into the wall with quite a heavy impact.

Unsurprisingly, Massa was very frustrated, hitting his steering wheel with his fists once his car had come to rest. The incident brought out the red flag, ending the session temporarily whilst the Ferrari was recovered, and it caused a rather humorous rush to the end of the pit lane as the remaining drivers looked to squeeze in one final lap time.

Massa eventually finished the session in P16 after Adrian Sutil improved to make it through to Q3. Ferrari will be disappointed with the incident, and with it following his two crashes in Monaco, the pressure will be on the Brazilian driver to perform in the race tomorrow.

Formula One: Recapping the past week’s news

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While the FIA Formula 1 World Championship is still two months away from beginning its 2018 season, this past week did bring about news items that filled out the 2018 grid and shed some light on individual team and car launches as the season-opening Australian Grand Prix draws closer.

Below is a recap of F1 news from this past week:

Williams Signs Sirotkin for 2018 Drive, Names Kubica as Reserve Driver

The saga of the second seat at Williams Martini Racing was finally resolved early on in the week, with former Renault Sport F1 Team test driver Sergey Sirotkin officially confirmed as a teammate to the incumbent Lance Stroll in 2018.

The announcement concluded months of speculation that saw multiple drivers test for the team in an auditioning capacity. Most notably, Robert Kubica looked to be a main contender for the seat before Sirotkin emerged as the favorite.

However, Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since a devastating rally accident in 2011 left him with brutal injuries to his right arm, was named as a reserve and development driver for the team.

This announcement also completes the 2018 Formula 1 driver lineup, with all 11 teams having their seats now filled. Among those who were left without F1 drives are Paul Di Resta, who drove for Williams at the Hungarian Grand Prix in relief of Felipe Massa and even tested with them during the Winter months, and Antonio Giovinazzi, who filled in for Pascal Wehrlein at the Australian and Chinese Grands Prix.

Former Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is also without a race seat for 2018, but did sign on with Scuderia Ferrari as a development driver.

Mercedes, McLaren Reveal Dates for Their 2018 Car Launches

While most teams have not yet released dates for when their 2018 cars will be publicly launched, three notables have.

Mercedes AMG Petronas will introduce its 2018 challenger on February 22nd, the same day Ferrari is doing so, while McLaren will unveil its car one day later on the 23rd.

Testing will commence on February 26th at Circuit de Catalunya.

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