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F1 driver in life-threatening condition after skull surgery

Ferrari F1 driver Felipe Massa remained in “life-threatening” but stable condition yesterday despite “reassuring” results of his surgery on multiple skull fractures, a doctor said.

Peter Bazso, the AEK hospital medical director, reported that Massa would remain sedated until today, but will be woken up periodically.

When asked whether Massa's life remained in danger, Bazso answered candidly: “Yes, of course.”

Bazso said doctors were able to “remove the broken bones and stabilise the area”, which was necessary since Massa arrived with “an open skull fracture and a contusion”.

He did not specify how long it would take Massa to recover from the accident or whether there would be any long-term effects of the injury.

“At the moment, we have to overcome this life-threatening condition,” Bazso said.

The 28-year-old was put in an induced coma after surgery before being temporarily awoken yesterday morning.

However, in light of his injuries sustained during his accident in Saturday's qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, it is believed Massa will spend at least six weeks in recovery.

Massa was struck by a spring — which can weigh anything up to a kilogram — that had worked loose from Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP car during the middle 15-minute period.

The spring was seen bouncing along the Hungaroring track before flying over the front of Massa's Ferrari, striking him on the helmet.

The moment of impact has been recorded at 162mph, with Massa then straight-lining into a tyre barrier, with that collision recorded at 62mph.

Belfast Telegraph