Massa: We tried everything we could

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Felipe Massa has revealed that Ferrari tried everything they could in order to repair his car for qualifying, but he is not looking forward to starting last on the grid for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Massa suffered a huge crash in final practice on Saturday morning, causing a great deal of damage to his Ferrari F138 and giving his team a race against time if he was to partake in qualifying. When Q1 got underway, the mechanics were still working on his car, and it wasn’t until the very end of the session that Massa took off his helmet and resigned to his fate.

“It’s the worst place to have this kind of problem,” Massa told Adam Cooper. “I saw that the car was pretty damaged, the suspension and everything around the car was pretty damaged, so I knew it wouldn’t be easy to go out.

“We tried everything we could. Starting last here is not easy.”

Fernando Alonso suffered a similar incident at the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix, but he managed to rise to P6 come the checkered flag thanks to a safety car. Massa will be happy to even race tomorrow as the shunt was a big one, leaving him with a sore shoulder and neck.

“I’m fine, just some stiff muscles here [shoulder] and around the neck. When I braked I touched a bump and both wheels went a bit up. When I braked I locked both front wheels. When you lock the front wheels the car doesn’t move, so I hit the guardrail on the left.”

Ferrari will be pleased to have got at least one of their drivers into Q3, with Fernando Alonso finishing 6th in qualifying.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.