The final shots from the second stint in qualifying showed Felipe Massa’s Ferrari F60 buried quite deep in the tyre barrier at turn four. While no footage has been shown of exactly what happened, Massa remained in the car, although he was moving his head and appeared to be speaking to his race engineer Rob Smedley on the radio. The medical car quickly arrived on site, followed by two ambulances.
No further news is forthcoming at the moment, but I will update as soon as more information is made available. It could be that Massa has damaged a limb. The black lines showing the angle of attack indicates a massive front brake lock-up, possibly meaning a rear brake failure, much like what happened to Michael Schumacher at Silverstone.
Felipe Massa has been removed from the car and the Ferrari is being craned away.
The third qualifying run has been delayed while the marshals repair the tyre barrier.
Massa’s G-meter light went on, indicating it was a heavy shunt. Whenever the G-meter lights up, drivers have to go to the medical centre for a check-up.
Last year, Heikki Kovalainen went in deep in to a barrier at Spain, but was deemed fit to race at the following event..
BBC are suggesting Massa was hit with some debris just prior to the accident. Of course, given the recent circumstances, it would be shocking it had happened. However, Massa was attempting to slow the car, as the brake marks show.
Marshals are walking the track, possibly checking the surface. Coulthard says that is not normal, possibly adding weight to the suggestion that Massa was hit by or ran over something.
The F60 is back in the pitlane, and amazingly, the nose is in one piece and still attached to the car.
Parts of Rubens Barrichello’s rear suspension is missing from his car, Jock Clear has confirmed, and it is possibly this part that may have struck Massa, if indeed anything did.
Eddie Jordan says that a reliable source says that Massa received a knock to the chin, which shocked him and caused the accident. However, Massa is apparently okay. We still await an official announcement though.
Onboard footage from Massa’s Ferrari shows he did receive a whack from a piece of debris on the his helmet, went straight on over the following corner and slammed into the barrier. Also of note, upon impact, Massa moved quite a lot, indicating his belts may have stretched. Massa is being helicoptered to hospital, which is normal for an accident of this size.
Barrichello has apparently visited Massa in the medical centre, and that Massa was talking to him and was fine.
What’s also interesting from the video is that Massa applies both throttle and brakes after being hit. The fact that Massa remained on the throttle after hitting the wall suggests his throttle stuck open.
Massa is to undergo surgery after the debris impact damaged the bone in his skull. Although stable, Massa will remain in intensive care and will definitely not take part in tomorrow’s race.
A further update On Felipe Massa can be read here: Hungary 2009: Massa Rests His Weary Head After Successful Surgery.