Hungary Accident Changed Massa's Life

Needless to say, Felipe Massa will experience an emotional weekend in Hungary, as he will return to the scene where he almost lost his life a year back. In the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, a piece of Rubens Barrichello's car fell off and struck Massa's helmet at high speed in qualifying, causing him to lose consciousness and crash into the tire barriers.

As you all know, the incident resulted in serious head trauma for the Brazilian driver, who was immediately taken to the hospital and induced into a coma in order to stabilize his condition. He eventually recovered from that incredible injury, but had to sit off the remainder of the season to recuperate.

Going back to Budapest will be a very special weekend for me, for reasons which you can all appreciate as it was there, just over a year ago, that I was seriously injured when a spring from another car hit me on the head during Q2 on Saturday afternoon,” said Massa in his Ferrari diary, prior to this weekend's race.

Heading back to the Hungarian track, Massa insisted that the last year's events changed little in terms of his professional approach to racing, but made him value much more his personal life.

As a person, the accident did change me: it made me value life much more than before and I appreciate the ordinary things in life ten times more and it has put life and my health in perspective, not taking anything for granted and not just for me, but also for life in general and what it means to everyone,” added Massa.

I know what it means now and I feel I am much more mature as a human being. However, on the professional front, nothing has changed, because once you shut the visor and go out on the race track, you just do everything as before, without thinking of the accident.

Talking about the upcoming race, the Brazilian argued that there are reasons for optimism within the Ferrari team, not only because of the 1-2 finish in Hockenheim, but also because of the characteristics of the track and the tires announced by Bridgestone for this weekend.

There are (other) reasons to be optimistic about this weekend, including the fact that Bridgestone is bringing its Super-Soft and Medium tires that have always suited the F10 very well, so maybe we can have another very competitive race,” said Massa.
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