Massa Opens up about Career-Changing Hungary Incident

Felipe Massa still feels tentative about the Hungaroring after his freak accident during Qualifying in 2009. The Brazilian was left concussed after a piece of debris collided with his helmet. 

Massa Hungary 2009

Massa suffered skull damage as a result. The debris, a spring weighing around 700 grammes, had somehow penetrated the top of his visor and injured Massa above the left eye, perilously close to the cornea. The Brazilian spoke fondly of the warm welcome he receives from the Hungarian fans:

“Hungary is a track where I personally have a lot of history with the accident I had. As a consequence, I have the most amazing fans there who support me a lot.

They follow me everywhere I go and always have gifts for me. It’s an amazing place to go back to and spend time with them.”

– Felipe Massa

Williams enter the second-half of the season in average shape. 290 points adrift from Mercedes and barely able to manage the decreasing gap to Force India in 5th. Hungary will definitely prove to be a difficult venue for Williams to score points given the apparent lack of downforce on the car.

Massa said he is enjoying F1 again, particularly the 2017 generation of cars, and feels like he is delivering.

“I’m relaxed, there’s no pressure and I’m just trying to enjoy it. I was doing the same [last year], but I don’t know, maybe things change for better and the way I feel and the way I’m working is quite relaxed. I’m sure I can do a really good job.”

“I’m happy with the car, the way I’m driving, the way I’m feeling and the work I’m doing with the team.

Massa remains 11th in the driver standings, 3 points adrift of Nico Hulkenberg in 10th. The Brazilian is due a good result, but the Hungaroring remains a daunting track for him.


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