Italy

Last Race: 07th Sep Italy

Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Massa expects Monaco to be tough

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Share:

Massa expects Monaco to be tough

Massa expects Monaco to be tough

The toughest race of the season will take place in Monaco this week, according to Williams driver Felipe Massa.

Massa believes the combination of increased engine torque and lower downforce will make this year's cars a real handful to handle on the narrow Monte Carlo street circuit.

I think Monaco will be a very, very difficult race," Massa told Autosport during an exclusive interview on Monday.

"We drive with the car a lot more sideways.

"The torque we have from the engine is maybe double what we had last year, and the grip from the tyre is not very high, so Monaco will be a very easy race to crash.

"I think it will be the toughest race of the season."

Despite the spate of technical changes to this year's cars, Williams Head of Vehicle Performance Rob Smedley has played down suggestions that this year's race in the Principality will be drastically different to other years.

"Fundamentally Monte Carlo is always Monte Carlo - I don't think it's going to be really any different to when we've been there in the past," Smedley said.

"Monaco has always been rear, longitudinal wear limited; for as long as I've done Formula One we've always worn out the rear tyres during the race.

"You can allow yourself a bigger margin of degradation, because of how difficult it is to pass there, but the person who manages to keep his rear tyres alive and wear them out less than the other drivers will be the person who dominates.

"It is a different technical regime of the cars,but will it change the spectacle of Monaco? Will it change how we operate? No it won't."

F1's Night Shift Gets Underway

Editor's Picks

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about new boss Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Andrew Davies tuned into the latest episode of the 'Lewis vs Nico' drama, and he wasn't disappointed...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...