Massa: Monaco not as hard as expected

Tuesday 27th May 2014

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Massa: Monaco not as hard as expected

Massa: Monaco not as hard as expected

Felipe Massa admitted that he didn't find last week's Monaco Grand Prix as difficult behind the wheel of the Williams as he expected.

The Brazilian predicted in the lead-up to the race in the Principality that he expects it to be the "toughest race of the season" when the rise in engine torque and lower levels of downforce are taken into account.

After a couple of minor crashes occurred during practice and Daniil Kvyat's collision with the barrier during qualifying, it seemed Massa's prediction might come to fruition.

However, during the race, only the Saubers of Esteban Gutierrez and Adrian Sutil crashed out unaided - much to Massa's surprise.

"I expected Monaco to be much more tricky than how it was," Massa said after the race.

"It was better than expected.

"We didn't see so much mistakes and people crashing alone, so it shows it was a bit better than expected.

"I thought it was going to be very difficult with more torque but it was no problem."

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