New chassis for Massa after Monaco shunts

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Felipe Massa will start the seventh race of the season with a new chassis, Ferrari have confirmed.

Massa’s car required extensive repairs following two near-identical crashes during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.

The second, which ended his race before half-distance, saw the F138 ricochet off one barrier into another at Sainte Devote. Ferrari believe the crash was caused by a failure on Massa’s car.

“Of course we focussed on the problems we had with reliability, which absolutely had to be resolved,” said team principal Domenicali. “What is sure is that the team is completely motivated and we are determined to regard what happened in Monaco as an isolated incident.”

Ferrari had a poor weekend in Monaco, with Fernando Alonso only able to qualify sixth and falling to eighth in the race. But Domenicali is optimistic of turning that around in Canada this weekend.

“Looking at the first six races overall, our car has proved to be strong with very good characteristics in the majority of cases, even if, at times, other teams have proved to be faster.”

“I think the Montreal circuit should allow us to exploit those strong points such as braking, which is a key factor at this track, so let’s hope that works in our favour. However, on the other hand, we must ensure we keep working on the areas where our car is not yet where it should be.”