In the closing moments of the second qualifying session for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa’s Ferrari was shown buried in a tire barrier. A spring had come off the rear suspension of Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP , hitting Massa’s helmet-putting him a daze, or losing consciousness as his car wandered off track slightly, then pointed straight at the tire barriers at full-speed. Massa must have come to enough to brake his Ferrari before impact.
To anyone who watched qualifying on Speed, the program ended with the good news that Massa was conscious, and despite the bad shunt everything appeared to be alright. However, tests on Massa had shown that he had suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, specifically a fractured skull. An update from Sports Illustrated reports that Massa had undergone surgury, and is in stable condition in an intensive care unit Ã‚Â in a Budapest military hospital.
Felipe Massa, a native Brazilian, is 28 years old. He started his career in Formula 1 in 2002 with Sauber, and has driven for Ferrari since 2006, where he was lost out on winning the Drivers title by a single point in 2008. Massa was married in 2007, and he and his wife are expecting their first child in November. We at The Garage wish Felipe a speedy recovery.