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Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa, age 28, says that he is ready to race again next season.  The Ferrari F1 Car driver was in an induced coma for two days after a freak accident during the qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.  Massa fractured his skull, causing worry that he would never race again due to eyesight damage.  With time and practice, Felipe Massa thinks he is ready to compete again.  He completed a few laps, driving a F2007 race car at the Fiorano circuit near Maranello on Monday October 12th.  Afterwards, he felt very confident in his return to Ferrari F1 racing.  “It went very well.  What happened has not changed anything” Massa told the press after one of his practices.  Felipe Massa hoped to return in November at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, but the Ferrari team has confirmed that he will not be returning this year.  The Brazilian is currently focusing on his training and next years season.


LewisJust two seasons into his F1 career and Lewis Hamilton became the World Champion and is probably, the most famous driver in the sport.
Lewis started racing go-karts at the age of 8, winning the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future series. He was only 13 when McLaren signed him up as one of the promising juniors in the young driver program. He was taken on as a Formula 1 driver in 2007 and did not disappoint in his first year in F1 either. He finished third in his first race winning a total of four races in 2007, not bad for a new comer!
His driving style demonstrates his natural talent for the sport, in the way he is as fast as lightening but also his strength of character shows in the gutsy way he competes. In 2008 he proved that he could go all the way by becoming the youngest world champion ever in the last race of the season.
However, this year any hope of defending his title vanished with a difficult year, especially after he crashed in Italy and went spinning into a tyre wall. Lewis says that despite these mishaps he would still give 100 percent in all remaining competition. “I know I’m out of the title hunt, but I want to attack these last four races, pushing for as many victories as I can”, he said.

As we all remember the accident that Felipe Massa had in the Hungarian Qualifying Grand Prix, he underwent surgery for a life-threatening skull injury following a high speed crash after a steel suspension spring from Barrichello’s car flew up and hit Felipe Massas helmet.  The spring ripped out the visor, then he lost control and hit a wall at a speed of 120 mph. He suffered severe injuries and had to recover months in the hospital. Today, Ferrari released a statement saying that Felipe Massa won’t be able to return to the track this season, as he had hoped. Ferrari also said that he will be fully fit for the start of the next season. The Ferrari driver has had very busy days. Recently, he was in Miami for some check-ups at the Jackson Memorial Hospital. Felipe Massa will receive plastic surgery that will take place in the upcoming days. Naturally the results where very good and Massa is very happy with the results and he will be 100% ready for the next season. As you can see this is the picture of his helmet and his head at the time of the accident. Also, you can see the accident in video.

Felipe Massa suffered a life threatening head injury July 25 2009


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