Massa Sad Over Death of Brazilian Stock Car Racer

Felipe Massa expressed his sadness over the death of fellow Brazilian racer Gustavo Sondermann in a support race for the Brazilian Stock Car Championship last Sunday.

As mentioned in an earlier report this week, stock car racer Sondermann lost control of his car on a damp track in the Curva do Cafe corner of the Interlagos circuit on Sunday, and hit the wall, after which his car was t-boned by another driver racing at full speed. He sustained severe head injuries in the accident and later died.

I wish to express my great sadness at the death of Gustavo Sondermann, killed as a result of a terrible accident which happened last Sunday at Interlagos, during a pick-up race, run as part of the Brazilian Stock Car championship,” said Massa in a statement on Tuesday.

I knew him well and our fathers are friends: I feel great pain at his loss and definitely, all my thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time. It would be nice if I could get a good result next Sunday in Malaysia which I could dedicate to him,” he added.

Sondermann is not the only driver to lose his life during an official competition on the Interlagos track, as 4 years ago his then-teammate Rafeal Sperafico died as a result of an almost identical accident in the same corner. Also, this February, a motorcycle rider lost his life in the same place.

Massa was not the only high-ranked Brazilian driver to pay condolences via the Internet, as Rubens Barrichello, Nelson Piquet Jr, Bruno Senna and former F1 driver Luciano Burti did the same via their Twitter accounts.
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