As we reported earlier, Felipe Massa has undergone surgery for a fractured skull and laceration above his eye following a freak accident in which an errant damper spring from Rubens Barrichelloâ€™s Brawn GP car struck the Ferrari pilot in the head at approximately 150mph.
According to the Daily Mail Online:
Last night the Hungarian Defence Ministry said that Massa, who is unlikely to drive again this season, was in a ‘satisfactory condition’. ‘At the time he was admitted to hospital his condition was stable and he was breathing and blood circulation was normal,’ said a spokesman.
‘During the course of his examination they established that he suffered serious, lifethreatening injuries including loss of consciousness and a fracture of the forehead on the left side and a fracture on the base of the skull.
‘He is being cared for in intensive care after surgery on a life-threatening injury and he is now in a stable, satisfactory condition.’
While one of the doctors who had seen Massa warned of possible damage to the driver’s brain, nothing can be certain until experts have examined today’s scan. Ferrari are considering withdrawing their other driver, Kimi Raikkonen, from today’s race.
We are all very concerned for Massaâ€™s condition and our concerted thoughts, concerns and prayers are with him this evening. The road to recovery could be a long one and we hope there is not only recovery but no lasting damage.
Irrespective of when/if Massa will get back in a Ferrari is not important to me. His life and recovery are the most important things to me as I value this young mans courage, fight and determination to succeed in Formula 1. He has made a believer out of many and followed in the shoes of one of the greatest to ever drive in the sport. He had a big gap to fill and answered a lot of the criticsâ€”me included.
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone visited Massa and had this to say about the incident:
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone arrived at the hospital at 10.30pm local time and spent 15 minutes with Massa and his doctors.
He looked stressed and insisted that there would be an immediate review of safety procedures. ‘This is not nice,’ he said. ‘I thought we had seen an end to all this sort of thing. It’s mad. This is just a few days after one death and it is very disturbing.
‘Professor Sid Watkins [F1 medical chief] deals with this and I have spoken to him this evening. He is going to get on to it straightaway.’
Everyone at F1B wishes a safe and speedy recovery Felipe.