Salo crashed deliberately!

Mika Salo, who ended his 100th Grand Prix against the barrier on the entry to Casino Square, admitted to crashing his Toyota deliberately after experiencing a soft brake pedal on the way into Massenet

Salo crashed deliberately!

Massenet comes at the stop of the steep climb out of the first corner, Sainte Devote, and is one of the fastest parts of the Monaco circuit.

"The brake pedal suddenly went soft and I thought I was going to have a very big shunt, so I actually tried to scrub some speed off against the inside barrier," the Finn confirmed.

"I could see the Vodafone banner, which was still damaged from when Eddie Irvine hit it on Thursday. I thought I was going to crash in exactly the same place, very hard, but then the impact with the inside wall was hard enough to actually spin me around. It's frustrating not to finish the race but the positive thing is that none of the Toyota parts failed!"

Salo actually set the fifth fastest race lap, just 0.1s slower than race winner David Coulthard and thought that points would have been realistic without the accident and an early unscheduled stop after a rear Michelin delaminated.

"I felt a very strong vibration and I think a whole section of the tyre came away," he explained. "At first I thought about trying to continue through to my fuel stop, but in the high speed parts of the circuit it was just too dangerous."

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