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Massa thinks Eau Rouge is no longer a great corner

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Felipe Massa has claimed Spa's famous Eau Rouge corner is no longer one the great turns on the F1 calendar.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, the Brazilian claims that the modern F1 car with it's V8 engine and high downforce have taken all the challenge away from what was one the most challenging corners in the world.

"When I started in Formula 1 with the V10 it was always a more difficult corner to do," he said.

"On new tyres [it was] flat out, but most of the laps not flat out and a very tricky corner to do."

"Now it is flat out first lap and whatever tyres you have, you're doing that corner flat out so it's not a corner anymore, it's a straight.

"You have all the corners that are much more tricky now compared to Eau Rouge. This is the situation unfortunately because Eau Rouge was a great place to watch, a great corner, and now it's not for us driving."

Indeed while Eau Rouge and Blanchimont, another of Spa's most famous corners, have lost much of their difficulty, the circuit does still provide the driver's with one of the most challenging layouts of the season.

The downhill Pouhon corner is now the most difficult in a current car, this double apex left calls for just the slightest touch of the brakes on entry while the second part is easily full throttle.

Despite the new challenges Spa offers Massa also claims the circuit is not as good to drive as in the V10 era.

"You reduce a little bit the pleasure of driving Spa now it is with a V8 and in an easy car to do Eau Rouge flat out compared to the past when I was driving a V10," said Massa.

Indeed Massa's claim can be backed up by the fact the last major incident at Eau Rouge was in 2005 under damp conditions.

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