It was a short lived day for Brazilian Felipe Massa in Friday morning opening practice session of the weekend for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. The Williams driver lost control of his No. 19 car entering Turn 1, as he backed into the outside wall in the corner as a result.
It was the second straight race weekend that Massa crashed in the Friday practice session, as he did the same two weeks ago in Monaco.
This time though, the team determined it wasn’t his fault, as they found the DRS was the culprit of the accident. As he hit the brakes to enter the corner, the back end stepped out on him which was fully caused by the DRS mechanism. Massa was unhurt, but there was heavy damage to the rear of his Mercedes-powered machine.
That all happened just 25 minutes into the session.
He would get back out for the second session but all he could muster was the 13th quickest lap.
The team has a lot of work to do, but luckily they have one more practice session tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET to get it all figured out. After that though, the only other track time they’re going to have during the rest of the weekend is going to count for something, as qualifying for the race is at 1 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon then the race on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m. ET/NBC).
So, for a driver that’s desperately needed a good result this weekend, they have a lot of work to do to make him competitive.