Felipe Massa Recovering Well From Accident
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - Felipe Massa (photo from 2009 Monaco Grand Prix), who suffered a serious skull fracture on July 25th during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, is now back in Brazil after flying back from Budapest on Monday. Massa is now recovering at home after undergoing an overall extensive overnight examination at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital. The 28-year old F1 driver arrived back in Brazil after spending nine days in Budapest's AEK Military Hospital with what were life threatening injuries to his skull, suffered by being struck on the helmet by a spring that flew off a car he was following during F1 qualifying at the Hungaroring race circuit.
Massa underwent magnet resonance imaging scans of his head and consultation with neurologists and specialist eye physicians at Sao Paulo's Albert Einstein Hospital. It was decided by the doctors that no further post-operative treatment at Sao Paulo's hospital was necessary, and he was given the 'green light' to be discharged to recover at home. Massa will undergo further tests once his body is given more time to heal, but everyone is hopeful that he will be able to return to Formula 1 at a competitive level, perhaps even to compete in some of the 2009 season's final races.
Felipe Massa's doctor, Dino Altmann, indicated that Felipe had made a remarkable recovery, and that the series of tests that had been performed in Sao Paulo had been encouraging.
It has been announced by Ferrari that Formula 1 will see the incredible return of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, who will stand in for Massa at Ferrari while the Brazilian recovers. Schumacher will return after a three year retirement from Formula 1 and race at the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain on August 23, 2009.