Home / Auto News / News article: Report: Ferrari F1 Racer Felipe Massa Suffers Fractured Skull in Hungarian GP Qualifying - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Jul 27 2009, 9:43 AM

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Ferrari Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa suffered a fractured skull in two separate places after being hit in the head by a piece of debris on the track while testing at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The debris was actually a suspension spring which came off of the car of Brawn GP driver and fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello. It was immediately obvious something was seriously wrong when Massa made no attempt to steer the car clear of any obstacles and simply locked up the brakes to shave up as much speed as possible before slamming into a tire wall.

Massa was immediately airlifted to the AEK hospital in Budapest where he underwent emergency surgery. Peter Bazo, medical director at the hospital said that Massa’s injuries were life threatening but that he was “slightly improving.” After surgery he was put into a coma and has since been woken three times to meet with his family, including his wife who is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

The accident came just a week after Formula 2 driver Henry Surtees was killed at a race at Brands Hatch in the U.K. after being hit int he head by a tire.

Massa, a constant top-contender in the Formula 1 world championship, was just coming off a third-place finish at the German GP two weeks earlier (pictured celebrating above). With just three weeks until the next race, the Ferrari team is in need of a replacement driver. Ferrari has two strong candidates, but there is also speculation that Michael Schumacher could come out of retirement to race in Massa’s stead.

[Source: CNN and TimesOnline]

  • Colin Rumbelow

    Dear Filipe, Get well very soon, may god be with you.

  • fawaz

    We miss you in the circuit.. god bless and get well soon

  • Brenda Harris

    Dear Filipe I am praying for you to get well soon we miss you xx

  • karl rorbach

    get well soon all our thoughts are with u and ur family

  • jim pledger

    get well soon filipe one car in the race just does not cut it for me all the best for the future

  • lloyd mason

    we love u massa,my thoughts are with u and family , hope u have speedy recovery,f1 needs nice guys like u,hope to see u fit and well soon,. god bless.

  • glen

    all the worlds devastated’ get well soon mate we all thinking off you

  • dave kirkpatrick

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery

  • sue morgan

    Dear Filipe,
    Our thoughts are with you and we wish you well and hope to see you back racing real soon we miss you very muchxxxx

  • Regina

    Dear Massa
    I am praying for your speed recovery. I wish to see you well and back on the F1.

  • Christopher Smith

    Get well soon All the world of racing holds it’s breath waiting for your full recovery F1 with out Massa is a boring thought!!