Ferrari confirm that suspension failure was to blame for Felipe Massa's Monaco GP crash

Brazilian hit the same crash barriers twice in two days

Last Updated: 28/05/13 2:10pm

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Ferrari have confirmed that suspension failure was the cause of Felipe Massa's accident during the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Brazilian didn't have the best of weekends on the streets of Monte Carlo, as he was involved in two near-identical shunts. The first occurred during final practice on Saturday morning, when his car's tyres locked and he crashed into the barriers at approximately 170mph.

Unable to take part in qualifying as a result, Massa was forced to start the race from the back of the grid. However, he only reached lap 29 before hitting the barriers at Ste Devote once again.

The incident brought out the safety car and the 32-year-old was taken to hospital for a check-up, but was soon given the all-clear.

Ferrari said that mechanical failure was not to blame for Saturday's crash but that was not the case 24 hours later, when an inspection of the wrecked F138 revealed that part of the left-front suspension had broken.

'The findings validated the first impressions of the engineers, confirming that the accident was caused by an element of the front left suspension breaking,' the Scuderia said on their website.

'With all the required inspections completed to analyse what happened at the Monegasque circuit, the Car Assembly department can now start work in preparing the car for the Canadian Grand Prix.'

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