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.