Massa vows to help efforts to improve cockpit safety

Felipe Massa has offered any help he can give to help improve cockpit safety in motor racing, following Justin Wilson's fatal IndyCar crash at Pocono at the weekend.

The Williams Formula 1 driver, who survived being hit on the helmet by a 1kg spring at more than 259km/h in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, believes more can be done to help protect drivers.

But he is also adamant that having fully enclosed cockpits, using a jet-fighter style canopy, is probably not the right route because of the complications involving driver extraction.

"For me this is a sad moment after what happened," Massa told Motorsport.com. "He [Wilson] is a driver who came and raced in F1 and IndyCars, and I just send my best to his family and for the whole motorsport world.

"I'm totally in favor of working on safety changes. I don't know if an enclosed cockpit is the right solution, but we should find something that can improve driver safety.

"I am available to try to help in this aspect, because safety is always critical in our sport."

Blessed to survive

Wilson's death, which was the result of him being struck by debris from another car, is the latest involving a drivers' head taking the brunt of an impact.

F1 driver Jules Bianchi died when he hit a recovery vehicle, while Henry Surtees was killed in 2009 during an F2 race when he was struck by a wheel.

Massa said he felt 'blessed' to have survived his incident, which took place just a few days after the Surtees crash.

Reflecting on what happened to Wilson, Massa said: "I'm very sad, because it was an accident like happened to me.

"I feel blessed for the luck I had and that I can continue to race.

"I'm very sorry for him, for his family, and for all drivers who knew him and were his friends. Certainly it is a sad moment for all of motorsport."

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