Felipe Massa was seriously injured during Q2 at Hungaroring earlier today when a spring flew off of the rear suspension of Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car and through Massa’s visor, hitting him hard on the head as he tore through one of Hungaroring’s fastest sections at around 175 MPH. Afterward, he was airlifted to AEK Hospital in Budapest, where he underwent surgery to remove a piece of damaged bone from his eye socket. Ferrari’s latest press release states that he’s currently in intensive care, but is expected to make a full recovery. Unfortunately, this does mean that he won’t be participating in the Hungarian GP tomorrow—but it’s a comparatively small price to pay for a full and speedy recovery.
In related news, Massa’s injury seems to have affected some publications quite hard; the New York Times’ F1 blogger writes that Massa was ‘injurded’, while the Associated Press reports that “Massa has successful surgery on fractued skull.” The ties of writerly affection mock my curious insistence on a spell-check.
[The Guardian; Photo: Dan Smith]