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Massa Will Not Compete Tomorrow: Warning Graphic Image

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 25:  Felipe Massa of Brazil and Ferrari is airlifted by helicopter following his accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 25, 2009 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Ryan WoodAnalyst IJuly 25, 2009

Felipe Massa was involved in a terrible accident which saw him struck on the head by an object, thought to be part of Rubens Barrichello's rear suspension coil, as he returned to the pits after Q2.

The coil was travelling down the track away from Massa, but as he sped toward the coil, it struck him on the visa/top of helmet and hit him above the eye. 

This knocked the driver unconscious, which then saw Felipe crash into the tires, before coming to a stop.

He remained in the car for several minutes, before being removed by stretcher and taken to the medical centre where Ferrari confirmed he was conscious and talking. 

This freak accident is reminiscent of Henry Surtees accident earlier this month, in which a tyre struck the 18-year-old F2 driver. His injuries later led to his death.

Thankfully the same has not happened to Massa, who waved as he left the ambulance. He has now been airlifted to hospital for checks.

Stefano Domenicalli has confirmed that Massa will not be taking part in Sundays grand prix due to his injuries impeding his sight, as well as possible internal injuries.

To see a video of the crash, visit The F1 Times


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