Felipe Massa has admitted the challenge of driving around Monaco under Formula 1's new regulations was easier than he expected.
Massa said ahead of last weekend's event that he expected the Monaco Grand Prix to be the "toughest race of the season".
The practice sessions featured only minor brushes with the barriers for Adrian Sutil's Sauber and Marcus Ericsson's Caterham, while Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was the only driver to crash heavily in qualifying.
The Saubers of Sutil and Esteban Gutierrez were the only drivers to crash unaided in the race, and Williams driver Massa expressed surprise at how few serious incidents there were in Monte Carlo, given the large increase in engine torque and lower levels of downforce conferred on the cars by F1's latest rules package.
"I expected Monaco to be much more tricky that how it was," Massa said after the race.
"It was better than expected.
"We didn't see so much mistakes and people crashing alone, so it shows it was a bit better than expected.
"I thought it was going to be very difficult with more torque but it was no problem."