Felipe Massa will start the Monaco GP from the back of the grid after he was not able to take part in qualifying.
Massa had a big accident at Ste Devote in the morning’s FP3 session, and while the team nearly finished the repair job in the end the clock ran out, and Massa was not able to go out in Q1.
The Brazilian locked his front wheels when he braked a little later than usual and turned sharp left into the barrier on the approach to Ste Devote. He then ran head-on into the barrier at the exit of the corner.
“I’m fine, just some stiff muscles here [right shoulder] and around the neck,” said Massa. “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 [steer], so I hit the guardrail on the left.
“It’s the worst place to have this kind of problem. 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.”
Regarding his hopes for the race he said: “I don’t know, I think we have to try everything different, and see if it works. We have the whole evening and tomorrow morning to make a big analysis and try to understand what we will do.”