Massa in induced coma
26 July 2009 – Doctors have placed Felipe Massa into an induced coma in order to relieve stress to the Brazilian's brain after his heavy accident in qualifying at the Hungaroring on Saturday. The Ferrari driver was woken on Sunday morning in order to undergo a brain scan which showed no overnight complications.
It has been revealed that Massa's accident saw the 800 gram metal spring of Rubens Barrichello's car first hit the underside of the Ferrari, to the left of the cockpit, before flicking up and striking the driver on the helmet, causing concussion and a fractured skull in the area of the left eye socket.
Placed into the induced coma on Sunday morning after his CT scan, Massa will remain in the state for 48 hours before being woken again on Tuesday morning. At this early stage, no news of his return to the cockpit has been stated although Felipe may not been seen racing for the remainder of the year.