Felipe Massa is unlikely to play any part in Friday afternoon’s second practice in Belgium after heavily damaging his Williams in the morning’s opening session at Spa-Francorchamps.
Massa went off on his first flying lap after losing the rear of the car in Turn 7 (Malmedy), and though the Brazilian – who missed the last round in Hungary through illness – was unhurt, his car was not so lucky.
“We are having to change the chassis,” confirmed a Williams spokesperson. “It’s not a short job, but they are working as quick as possible.
“We will try to get some track time in FP2, but it is a long shot to be honest.”
That means the onus will be on Massa’s rookie team mate Lance Stroll to complete Williams’ Friday programme. The Canadian was 15th fastest in FP1.