F1: Felipe Massa Update

I3odaciousCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 24:  Felipe Massa (L) of Brazil and Ferrari and Rubens Barrichello (R) of Brazil and Brawn GP walk down the paddock following practice for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on July 24, 2009 in Budapest, Hungary.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Felipe Massa's condition continues to improve at an impressive rate since Saturday when he suffered a blow to the head from a suspension spring that broke loose from the rear of Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP car.

Massa was knocked unconscious upon being struck by the spring and in turn crashed head on into a tire wall. He was air lifted to a military hospital in Budapest, Hungary shortly after where tests revealed two skull fractures, brain swelling, and an 8cm cut above his left eye.

Reporters from Brazil's TV station Globo have remained outside the hospital since the event, and have actively been seeking clarity regarding Massa's condition due to the variety of reporting worldwide suggesting different severity's regarding his current health and the consequences to his injuries.

Globo has been interviewing Massa's family members as well as his personal Doctor Dino Altmann who have been relaying the most accurate information regarding Felipe's health.

As reported earlier today, Felipe has now left the intensive care unit and has been transferred to a personal room where he is no longer using the aid of medical equipment such as respirators etc. He has already gotten up and walked around by his bed and damage to his vision has been ruled out.

On Tuesday, Dr. Dino Altmann informed Felipe that he was in Budapest after which he asked about the results of the race. When being told that Raikkonen placed second and Hamilton won he replied "I don't believe it! That race was mine!" He then asked what day it was and when he was told it was Tuesday he replied "Wow!, Already?"

Globo reports that Massa has already been able to recall events from last weekend's qualifying session. He does not, and most likely will never remember events directly preceding and proceeding the accident itself, but he has stated that he remembers doing two timed laps in Q2 and being in eighth place.

He has now expressed hunger and the desire to eat solid foods which is a very good sign. His motivation levels are high and he has already asked doctors if he will be able to race at the European Grand Prix in Valencia.

A full recovery is definitely in the cards for Massa and his doctor has already made statements that suggest his eventual return to F1 although quite possibly not this season. He has expressed the gratitude for the vast number of messages from his fans including the Brazilian president.


Source: www.globo.com