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Massa is stable after another freak accident

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THe injured Massa is removed from his Ferrari

The injured Massa is removed from his Ferrari

Less than a week since Henry Surtee’s tragic death, the world of Motor sports was shocked by another freak collision.  Filippe Massa was hit by a spring that fell off the back of Rubens Barrachello’s Brawn.

It caught him on the side of the helmet and penetrated, causing Massa to lost conciousness.  He did recover just enough to brake and even downgear as he careened into a barrier.

The full incident can be viewed here:

Filippe Massa was rushed to hospital and doctors performed emergency surgery, the details of which have not yet emerged.  We do know the surgery was successful and Massa is now stable.  Needless to say he will not be competing tomorrow.

This came as a tremendous shock coming, as it does, so soon after Henry Surtees’ accident.  Mr Surtees was taking a corner while ahead of him Jack Clarke hit a barrier.  Clarke’s rear wheel flew up in the air and landed straight down on Mr Surtees head, knocking him unconcious and causing massive trauma to the skull.

Accidents aside, Fernando Alonso finally saw a break in the clouds for Renault and took their first pole position for the team since 2006.  Lewis Hamilton, too, made better progress and starts on forth position.

Two years on, Alonso and Hamilton are rather chummy

Two years on, Alonso and Hamilton are rather chummy

But he will start the race with a Red Bull car in each wing mirror, as Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber took third.

So here are the results in full:

 1.  Alonso       Renault
 2.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault
 3.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault
 4.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes
 5.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota
 6.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes
 7.  Raikkonen    Ferrari
 8.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes
 9.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota
10.  Massa        Ferrari
11.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari
12.  Trulli       Toyota
13.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes
14.  Glock        Toyota
15.  Piquet       Renault
16.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber
17.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes
18.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes
19.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber
20.  Alguersuari  Toro Rosso-Ferrari
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Written by Nick Gilmartin

July 25, 2009 at 6:11 pm

Posted in Motorsport

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