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Ferrari’s Felipe Massa Involved In Scary Crash At Hungarian Grand Prix

by: JamieD On  Saturday, July 25, 2009
Tags:  Auto Racing   Crash   F1   Felipe Massa   Ferrari   Formula One  

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Total Pro Sports – It was only five days ago that we witnessed the freakish accident which resulted in the death of F2 driver Henry Surtees.  Today a similar incident played out at the Hungarian Grand Prix involving Felipe Massa.  Luckily he did not suffer the same fate as Surtees.

Surtees death occurred when he was struck in the head by a tire which was dislodged from the car of Jack Clarke after he hit the wall at Brands Hatch in England.  Earlier today, during the qualifying session for tomorrow’s Formula One race in Hungary, Felipe Massa was hit in the head by what appeared to be a spring, which had fallen off another car on the track.  After taking the spring off the helmet, Massa was knocked unconscious, causing him to crash into an  oncoming tire wall.

Felipe Massa Helmet After Spring Hit Him In HeadUpon first glance, it seems like a harmless accident, but when replays were slowed down, the object could be seen flying directly at the head of Massa.  The Brazilian, who was airlifted to AEK hospital, suffered bone damage to his skull and a concussion.  He requires operations and will remain under observation in intensive care for the time being.  His condition has been listed as stable and he was conscious upon arrival at the hospital.

Auto and motor racing alike can be quite dangerous, even fatal, at times.  With the high speeds participants travel at, the slightest misjudgment, error, or case of bad luck can cause serious injury.  Some are lucky enough to flirt with death and escape without harm.  Others unfortunately are not.

Here is the clip.

You can spot the spring in the slow motion replay at about the 1:47 mark.

Hat Tip – [TSN.ca]

Update 7:00 pm Eastern: “I just came back from the hospital.Felipe went trough a cirurgy which went very well.Now he is asleep waiting for a new scan tomorrow” Via Rubens Barrichello Twitter page

Felipe Massa Car After Crash

Felipe Massa Car After Crash

Felipe Massa Helmet After Crash

Felipe Massa Helmet After Crash

Felipe Massa Carried Away After Crash

Felipe Massa Carried Away After Crash





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