Reports from Ferrari say that Felipe Massa has undergone successful surgery on his injuries from the horror crash in this afternoon’s Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session.
The Brazilian was hit by a piece of debris from Rubens Barrichello’s suspension which hit Massa on the helmet at his speed, knocking him unconcious. The Ferrari then smashed into the barriers.
He was airlifted to the AEK hospital in Budapest, where it was revealed his had a fractured skull amongst other injuries.
“After the accident during the qualifying session of the Grand Prix of Hungary, Felipe Massa was airlifted to the AEK hospital in Budapest,” the early Ferrari statement said. “Felipe was conscious at the arrival at the hospital and his general conditions remain stable.
“Following a complete medical examination it emerged that he had suffered a cut on his forehead, a bone damage of his skull and a brain concussion. These conditions need to be operated on after which he will remain under observation in intensive care.”
After surgery Ferrari said he was in a stable condition in intensive care, a statement backed up by Rubens Barrichello on his official Twitter page where he said Massa was comfortable, sleeping and had a clear brain scan. Barrichello also said Massa’s family were on the way to Hungary.
He will clearly not race in tomorrow’s GP, and is unlikely to return at Valencia in 3 weeks time, where speculation is rife over who will replace him.