Brazilian Massa Calls For Improvements In Car Safety

By Dialogo
September 09, 2009

Brazilian Formula One racecar driver Felipe Massa, who suffered a serious accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, affirmed that he wants to return to racing with Ferrari next year and called for improvements in car safety in declarations to the British press. “We have to make improvements. I’m not saying that it’s necessary to cover (the cockpit) completely. But perhaps there are other things that can be done to prevent a tire colliding with your head,” affirmed the 28-year-old, who believes that in the future it will be necessary to modify the safety regulations. Massa wants to prevent accidents like his or like the one that killed English Formula Two racecar driver Henry Surtees in July, when a tire struck him on the head. “Right now I’m well. The only problem is that I need an operation for a bone in my skull that they had to take out because it was completely damaged,” the racecar driver explained to the Guardian newspaper, speaking from São Paulo. “A normal person can live with this without any problem. But for a racecar driver, if you have an accident and you have this problem, it’s very difficult to recover,” he added. The Brazilian suffered a serious accident in July, during the running of the Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest. When he was going at 250 kilometers an hour, he was struck by a spring that had come off the Brawn driven by his compatriot Rubens Barrichello and suffered severe head injuries. Despite his firm determination to return to Formula One, Felipe Massa is aware of how lucky he was to survive the accident. “On the one hand, I had very bad luck, because the spring hit me in the head,” he said. “But on the other hand, I was very lucky; all the doctors have told me so. If the spring had hit me a millimeter more toward the right, I could have lost my sight,” the racecar driver admitted.
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