Right before the crash… look at the throttle and brake position indicators

28 year old F1 driver Felipe Massa is currently in the AEK military hospital’s intensive care unit after an accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix left him with a fractured skull, a concussion and a cut on his forehead above his left eye.

Massa’s helmet was hit by an 800 gram (0.8kg) spring that came off Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car right before Turn 4 on the track. Right after he was hit, he lost consciousness for about 2 seconds and in an F1 car at such high speeds that’s alot of distance to be covered. It was not enough for him to stop in time and he crashed into the Turn 4 tyre barrier.

He was sent to the AEK via a helicopter and underwent surgery immediately. His condition is serious and life-threatening but luckily stable. Ferrari described the outcome of the surgery as “positive”. Unfortunately this means he will miss the Hungarian race day as he has to stay in the ICU for observation.