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Massa crashes heavily, Alonso has power problem

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Williams F1 veteran Felipe Massa ran over the kerb at the final part of Les Combes, with his FW40 then went straight off and into the barrier.

The Brazilian, remember, has only just been cleared by the FIA to race this weekend after suffering with dizziness and missing the race in Hungary.

“I just lost the car on the kerb,” the Williams driver reports.

He will surely go through several more tests after that off – but he seems to be OK as he walks away from his stricken car.

Massa is back in the Williams this weekend following missing the Hungarian Grand Prix because he was feeling dizzy.

“I feel ready to get back in the car,” the Brazilian said yesterday.

“I had a… I was feeling a little bit dizzy on that weekend. Vertigo is the name of what I had and unfortunately it’s the first time I had this. It was a little bit of a strange feeling and unfortunately it happens in a race weekend and keeps me out of the car but I feel good now, ready to get back to the second part of the season and really hopeful we can do good races.”

Early engine problem for Alonso

Not a good start to the day for Fernando Alonso, who is running an upgraded Honda engine this weekend.

Alonso’s first lap with the new Honda Phase 3.5 update. Immediate problem.

“I have no power,” reports Alonso.

“I won’t arrive to the pits if you don’t solve the problem,” Fernando Alonso adds as he cruises around the circuit.

“OK Fernando, we can’t fix it on the track but we’d like to fix it in the garage,” Fernando Alonso is told.

Latest live updates: Fernando completes his run & is rolled back into the garage. There’s a bit of an issue with his DRS flap that needs attention.
The Spaniard is down in 15th place at the moment.

… more to follow

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