Hungarian Q3 session delayed after Massa crash 

Replay video shows debris hitting Massa's helmet

Written by David on July 25th, 2009 at 3:11 pmLast Update: July 26th, 2009 at 2:00 pm

The Q3 session of the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session has been delayed after Ferrari’s Felipe Massa hit violently the tyre protective barriers at the end of Q2.

Replays have shown the Brazilian going straight on at Turn 4, after being hit on the helmet by debris. Massa was immediately assisted by the Medical Car and taken to the medical centre as he didn’t come out of the car after the crash.

Massa’s condition remains unknown so far.

Update: a Ferrari spokesman has stated that Massa is conscious and has been taken to a hospital in Budapest for further checks.

Update 2: Ferrari’s Team Principal Stefano Domenicali has stated that Massa is OK. The Italian also said that Felipe Massa will not race tomorrow.

Ferrari statement: “After the accident during the qualifying session of the Grand Prix of Hungary, Felipe Massa was airlifted to the AEK hospital in Budapest. Felipe was conscious at the arrival at the hospital and his general conditions remain stable. Following a complete medical examination it emerged that he had suffered a cut on his forehead, a bone damage of his skull and a brain concussion. These conditions need to be operated on after which he will remain under observation in intensive care.”

Update 3 – Ferrari statement: “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.”

Update 4 – Ferrari statement: “After undergoing an operation yesterday afternoon, Felipe Massa’s condition remains stable and there were no further complications through the night. He will be given another CT scan today, which will provide more precise information.”

Video: Felipe Massa crashes during Q2 in Hungary qualifying

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