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Felipe Massa's Career-Threatening crash at Hungarian Grand Prix

Today we get a driver's side view of the horrific accident and crash that befell Brazilian Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.


Jimmie Johnson's victory at the Autism Speaks 400 wasn't the only big news coming from the racing world two weekends ago. The FIA Formula One World Championship held its annual Hungarian Grand Prix that same weekend, and while Lewis Hamilton picked up his first win of the 2009 season at this race, perhaps the biggest news concerned the horrific accident that befell Brazilian F1 driver Felipe Massa on July 25 while attempting to qualify for this championship race.

I was only able to locate one web video of the accident, and while it isn't of the highest quality, we get to see the wreck from both the driver's point of view and an out-of-car perspective as well. Apparently what happened is that a suspension spring came off another vehicle driven by Rubens Barrichello, and the spring ended up hitting Massa in the helmet. The impact against his head knocked Massa unconscious, and Massa ends up crashing into the barricade. The accident left Massa with a big cut on his face, and he was taken to a nearby hospital where Massa was said to have suffered a concussion along with a fractured skull. Surgery was conducted on Massa in Budapest, and his condition was noted as "life threatening but stable". And while Massa's condition continues to improve, it seems unlikely that he will be participating in any upcoming races for the rest of the F1 season. Let's hope that he makes a full recovery and returns to racing soon.