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GP Week : Issue 56
> F1NEWS> fracture to his skull, which the Brazilian sustained after a freak accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa was hit at the left facial opening of his helmet by an errant 800gm spring from the central damper of Rubens Barrichello’s BrawnGP car, which had failed during Q2 on Saturday afternoon. The spring had bounced into the left cockpit surround of the Ferrari before ricocheting into Massa’s helmet, ripping his visor, severely impacting the helmet and cutting the Brazilian above his left eye. Massa continued straight on at Turn 4 immediately after the initial impact and straight into the tyre barriers. The impact from the spring resulted in a double fracture to Massa’s skull and caused Massa stable after freak accident F ELIPE Massa is sedated but stable, as GPWEEK goes ‘live’, after undergoing a successful operation at the AEK hospital in Budapest to repair a double what was described to GPWEEK by a medical source on site at the Hungarian Grand Prix as a “severe contusion to the left frontal lobe” of the Brazilian’s brain. Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo is expected to visit his driver in hospital today (Monday.) Massa was placed into a medically-induced coma on Sunday after regaining consciousness that morning and reportedly speaking with his father Luis Antonio and pregnant wife Rafaela, who had arrived in Hungary from Brazil that same day, along with his manager Nicolas Todt who was present at the track for the Grand Prix. Massa has undergone a CAT scan which has reportedly shown no brain injury save for the contusion. A full FIA investigation is being launched into the accident, and the GPDA will discuss ways in which such an incident can be avoided in the future. Massa calls for more testing before crash 48 hours before his crash in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix Felipe Massa told GPWEEK that he believed the Formula 1 in-season testing ban and overall testing restrictions should be re-thought on the grounds of safety. The Brazilian had spoken of the need to ensure that all cars and their developments were properly tested and safetyensured just days before a rear suspension central damper failure on the BrawnGP car of Rubens Barrichello shot debris onto the track, including the 800gm spring which made contact with Massa’s helmet. “It is true that it’s better to have some tests,” Massa had told GPWeek in Hungary. “Even on the safety issue, you know. Even for the drivers’ fitness, which is important. So I think in many areas we need to have some tests. It is something that, in my opinion, it would be nice to discuss for the future because it’s something that is important for everybody not just for development, but for every area. “I’m not saying we need to test every week but some tests during the season are important and before the season the winter tests are also important because sometimes your car is not safe and you need to make sure that everything is right. I think testing is something we need to improve a little bit.” 7