Monaco slump was ‘rare episode’ – Todt

Tue, 5 June 2007, 01:33

Jean Todt said on Monday that he thought the recent Monaco grand prix had been a “rare negative episode” for the Ferrari team in 2007.

The Italian squad, which is led by the 60-year-old Frenchman, finished a minute behind the leaders in the Principality, despite Felipe Massa winning the preceding Bahrain and French grands prix with superior pace to the McLarens.

Referring to Monaco, Todt said: “It was one of those rare negative episodes that inevitably occur during a season.”

Massa, meanwhile, is also quoted by the newspaper El Mundo as saying: “I know that (the) McLaren (car) did not have anything especially new (in Monaco) — it was not that they improved, it was that we did not perform at our best.

“I am convinced that Monaco for us was a one-off,” said the Brazilian.

Also expecting a better weekend in Canada is BMW-Sauber, whose Robert Kubica said the 2007 car – the F1.07 – is more effective on low downforce circuits like Montreal and Indianapolis.

He commented: “Certainly, the two test days at Paul Ricard with the Montreal layout indicated that.”

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