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Is he okay? Sudden stop crashes can be fatal.

As far I know he is kind of messed up, possibly in ICU. Getting hit in the helmet by a spring while doing around 200 mph isn't really good either. Either way, best wishes to him and hope he gets through it. Just never seen anyone get hit in the head by a bouncing part going that fast.

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As far I know he is kind of messed up, possibly in ICU. Getting hit in the helmet by a spring while doing around 200 mph isn't really good either. Either way, best wishes to him and hope he gets through it. Just never seen anyone get hit in the head by a bouncing part going that fast.

I have. :(

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one few years ago dude in red bull car did flips, and if the wheels were not chained, then they probably would have smacked him in the face.

all of the wheels of every car have chains. so there's not going to be an "if the wheels were not chained." i watched a program on the safety features of this vehicle and it's pretty safe.

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wtf. The guys said he "took a bump on the chin" and was gonna be fine.

:lol: They probably said that so they could tell the family first, that is always how they do it. They play stuff down a lot. Apparently, he is in "stable" condition after successful surgery.

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Ferrari driver Felipe Massa underwent surgery on life-threatening skull injuries Saturday from a high-speed crash during Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying. He was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a military hospital.

The accident happened when a loose part from another car hit Massa in the helmet, causing him to veer into a tire-lined barrier at about 120 mph. The front of his car was shredded, with both tires gone and the front nose open.

The 28-year-old Brazilian also sustained a concussion but was conscious when airlifted to AEK hospital, his team said.

"At the time he was admitted to hospital his condition was stable and he was breathing and blood circulation was normal," the Hungarian defense department said in a statement.

"During the course of his examination they established that he suffered serious, life-threatening injuries, including loss of consciousness and a fracture of the forehead on the left side and a fracture on the base of the skull."

Massa underwent surgery about an hour after arriving at the hospital. Hospital doctors subsequently said his condition was "serious, life threatening but stable" at a news conference, but ultimately ruled the Formula One driver was in "stable, satisfactory condition."

A spring that had fallen off Rubens Barrichello's car flew up and struck Massa in the helmet. An apparently dazed Massa continued over a curb and across the track. He went through the gravel area along the circuit before slamming into the tire barrier.

The impact of the rear suspension part -- a standard component that Brawn GP team principal Ross Brawn believed was made of steel -- damaged the left side of Massa's helmet, ripping out the visor and leaving a long dent on its side. Blood was seen above Massa's left brow.

Barrichello, a fellow Brazilian, went to the medical center to check on Massa. He said Massa appeared to be doing fine despite the cut above his left eye.

"I wanted to see him myself because I've been in situations like that," Barrichello said. "We are Brazilians and sometimes we have a family, sometimes we don't, and when we wake up all we want to see is someone we know. I wanted to be there in case there was not anybody from the family there.

"But he was conscious, he was moving and he was very agitated with the fact that he had a cut on his head. With that, they sedated him for him to calm down, and then they moved him to [the] hospital."

Massa appeared to regain consciousness just before the crash at Turn 4 because his front brakes seemed to lock ahead of the violent impact.

He remained in the car awhile and was assisted out before being taken to the medical center. He was then taken to the helicopter on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace.

The crash came less than a week after Henry Surtees, the son of former F1 champion John Surtees, died in an F2 race last Sunday. Surtees was struck in the head by a tire from another car, causing him to lose consciousness and drive into a barrier.

"It is not a coincidence that something happened right now," Barrichello told reporters. "Something needs to be done. Yes, absolutely."

No F1 driver has died on the track since three-time champion Ayrton Senna's crash at Imola 15 years ago.

The accident was also reminiscent of Heikki Kovalainen's high-speed crash at last year's Spanish GP, when the McLaren driver sped into a wall. Kovalainen spent the night in a hospital with a concussion.

"What happened to me in Barcelona was a very nasty accident. But I think it was a pretty freak accident and I don't know how to prevent that," Kovalainen said. "It was very unfortunate. But I think we should discuss it."

Surtees' death prompted drivers to discuss at length the issue of debris and head safety during their usual pre-race meeting Friday.

Renault's Fernando Alonso won the pole position for Sunday's race after qualifying was delayed for nearly 30 minutes because of Massa's accident

Ninja Edit : I notice it says a fracture at the base of the skull as well, that is what killed Dale.

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:lol: They probably said that so they could tell the family first, that is always how they do it. They play stuff down a lot. Apparently, he is in "stable" condition after successful surgery.

Ninja Edit : I notice it says a fracture at the base of the skull as well, that is what killed Dale.

I remember that....that was horrible. I think I cried over that for a couple of months......That's the only time in my life where I really hated NASCAR.

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all of the wheels of every car have chains. so there's not going to be an "if the wheels were not chained." i watched a program on the safety features of this vehicle and it's pretty safe.

im talking about in the past, since now all cars are pretty much the same.

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one few years ago dude in red bull car did flips, and if the wheels were not chained, then they probably would have smacked him in the face.
all of the wheels of every car have chains. so there's not going to be an "if the wheels were not chained." i watched a program on the safety features of this vehicle and it's pretty safe.
im talking about in the past, since now all cars are pretty much the same.
an 18yr old f2 driver died last week like this when a tire flew off and hit him on his helmet, these accidents are so rare and there's really no way of stopping them.
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thanks HM for the backup. B)

time to watch me some F1. i havent watched in years. im liking the mercedes team. Kimi and lewis is a good combo.

Edit: wtf ferrari nor Mercedes mclauren are at the top, and who is this Brawn mercedes team coming out of nowhere.

lol man I'll catch you up, Kimi left for ferrari two seasons ago Alonso join Mclaren and they promoted lewis, Lewis was better than Alonso and so was given priority but lost the championship to Kimi by one point. Alonso didn't like being the second to Lewis and left to go back to Renault.

Kovi joined Mclaren last season and lewis won the championship by 1 point over ferrari and massa.

this season lots of new regulations Honda left F1 and Ross Brawn, the guy who masterminded Schmacher and Ferrari replaced them, and some teams had a diffuser from the start like Ross Brawn. Ferrari and Mclaren designed bad cars without diffusers so they haven't been able to compete really with the brawn and red bull team

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lol man I'll catch you up, Kimi left for ferrari two seasons ago Alonso join Mclaren and they promoted lewis, Lewis was better than Alonso and so was given priority but lost the championship to Kimi by one point. Alonso didn't like being the second to Lewis and left to go back to Renault.

Kovi joined Mclaren last season and lewis won the championship by 1 point over ferrari and massa.

this season lots of new regulations Honda left F1 and Ross Brawn, the guy who masterminded Schmacher and Ferrari replaced them, and some teams had a diffuser from the start like Ross Brawn. Ferrari and Mclaren designed bad cars without diffusers so they haven't been able to compete really with the brawn and red bull team

HM>>>>>>

Smart on their part. sucks honda left, but they were not special. i was about to say when i was watching button was not even close to the top. sucks for ferrari and mclauren. they are usually at the top.

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HM>>>>>>

Smart on their part. sucks honda left, but they were not special. i was about to say when i was watching button was not even close to the top. sucks for ferrari and mclauren. they are usually at the top.

Mclaren coming back this weeken though lots of new upgrades and Lewis qualified in 4th hopefully he can take the win.

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Henry Surtees 18yo up and coming formula 2 driver son of formula 1 legend John Surtees.

man, this video bummed me out. Something really creepy watching the car crash into the wall then just slide across the grass with the driver clearly knocked out cold.

RIP.

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