Felipe Masa at Hungaroring

Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying Marred By Masa Accident

by F1Fan on July 25, 2009

Saturday qualifying at the Hungaroring was marred by a freak accident involving Felipe Masa at the end Q2.

Masa was hit on the head by a spring that had broken off Rubens Barichello’s Brawn Gp car. Masa was following Barichello on track when the spring broke loose from Barichello’s car, bounced up and hit Masa on the head. Piecing together the sequence of events from Masa’s on board video it appeared as though he was rendered temporally unconscious but regained consciousness in time to apply the brakes just before his Ferrari slammed into the tire wall at the next corner.

Qualifying was halted while Masa wa extracted from his car, placed in an ambulance and then airlifted to the AEK hospital in Budapest, where it was discovered that Masa had damage to his skull and Brain concussion that would require surgery. Later in the day Ferrari released the following Press release:

“Budapest, 25th July 2009 – Felipe Massa has undergone surgery this afternoon at the AEK hospital in Budapest and the outcome of the procedure was positive. Now, Felipe will remain under observation in intensive care.

An update on his condition will be issued late tomorrow morning.

Motor Sport Press Office”

This is the second such freak accident in Motorsport within a week where a driver has been hit by flying object. Henry Surtees died from his injuries after being hit on the head by a competitors wheel and suspension assembly, I hope that this unfortunate accident has a better outcome, but it brings home the fact that Motor Racing is still a dangerous sport.

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