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Felipe Massa
F1
lil_shepherd
F1 is a dangerous sport, but one which tries to take every precaution to safeguard the lives of both drivers and spectators. What happened to Massa yesterday was totally unpredictable and unpreventable, and it happened to someone who has had more than his share of bad luck, while continuing to be a superb driver, and very popular on the circuit.

The gloss has been taken off today's Grand Prix, with Massa more in my thoughts, certainly, than whoever ends up winning the race.
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Ouch. I didn't realise it was quite that serious (I missed qualifying, and just saw "Massa in accident" which I presumed was reasonably minor), and thanks to this post I've been scanning the BBC sports pages.

I also feel sorry for Barichello. Obviously there's nothing he could do about the spring, but it must be a nasty feeling.

At the end of quali the story was that he'd been struck on the jaw, was not badly hurt, and was being flown to hospital as a precaution.

To be fair, the reports this morning are that the fractures were discovered after he reached hospital

My thoughts too. We're thinking about him. The race seems irrelevant!

Having watched the footage it's just such a piss poor piece of luck. Given the size of the debris (and the size of the track) the fact it impacted directly on the driver is incredibly unfortunate.

The good news is that he's survived this long which gives him a good chance of coming through this - hopefully with all the faculties he had beforehand.

I haven't seen it, but as you say, it was a totally freak accident, but I do hope he's OK. I have a friend who works at Ferrari and I know the team love him to bits as he's such a genuinely nice guy.

As everyone says, the race seems a bit irrelevant right now.

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