Formula One legend Michael Schumacher has admitted his relief after visiting stricken Ferrari driver Felipe Massa in hospital. The seven-time world champion has agreed to come out of retirement to replace Massa in the short term following the Brazilian’s freak accident in Hungary which left him fighting for his life. The 40-year-old had not previously had the time to visit Massa, last year’s world championship runner-up, as he has been undergoing medical tests and getting up to speed for his eagerly-anticipated racing return by practicing in a 2007 Ferrari
Formula One’s future has been secured after a tumultuous week which saw BMW withdraw from next year’s championship and Felipe Massa’s serious injury pave the way for Michael Schumacher’s return. The FIA, the sport’s governing body, said in a statement that 12 teams had signed a new Concorde Agreement — the contract governing how Formula One is run and its financial spoils split.
Felipe Massa is to return home to Brazil on Monday just nine days after fracturing his skull in a freak accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa is continuing to make a good recovery after having emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries he sustained in the horror crash last Saturday.
An Indian court on Monday convicted a couple and another man for explosions that left 54 people dead in Mumbai in 2003. Peter Bazso, the medical director of the AEK hospital in Budapest, confirmed that Massa’s injuries had been “life-threatening” after he careered off the Hungaroring at 200kph in his Ferrari, but that his condition was now “slightly improving.” Bazso told CNN said he had watched the accident on television and his team, who specialize in brain injuries, was immediately put on standby to operate as Massa was airlifted to his hospital. Does safety need to be improved in Formula One Massa was hit on the helmet by a spring which had fallen off the rear of the Brawn GP car of compatriot Rubens Barichello
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa remains in a stable condition in hospital on Sunday after fracturing his skull in two places during a freak accident in Saturday’s qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. A Ferrari statement read: “After undergoing an operation yesterday afternoon, Felipe Massa’s condition remains stable and there were no further complications through the night.
Fernando Alonso claimed a surprising pole position for the Hungary Grand Prix after a final qualifying session disrupted by a freak high-speed crash involving Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber will start on pole position for the first time in his Formula One career following a rain-affected qualifying session for Sunday’s German Grand Prix at Nurburgring.
Ferrari rocked the world of motor racing on Tuesday when the Italian Formula 1 giants announced they will not be entering a team for the 2010 world championships. The decision is the result of a dispute with the sport’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), over proposed regulations to enforcing cost caps upon teams on the Grand Prix circuit
Williams driver Nico Rosberg continued his domination of this season’s Formula One practise sessions by again emerging quickest ahead of Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. In searing temperatures, Rosberg posted a time of one minute 33.339 seconds in his second sesion around the 5.412km Sakhir circuit, the seventh time in 11 practise sessions this season that he has topped the timesheets. However, to date, the German has been unable to transfer that form into qualifying, starting fifth, sixth and seventh in Australia, Malaysia and China so far — collecting a mere 3.5 points in the process
Britain’s Jenson Button backed up his season-opening victory in Melbourne by claiming pole for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang on Saturday. Button, who gave the newly-formed Brawn GP team a fairytale win in Australia, recorded the fastest time of one minute 35.181 seconds. Toyota’s Jarno Trulli, reinstated to third place last week after the disqualification of world champion Lewis Hamilton, will join Button on the front row of the grid.