'Agitated' Massa has 'cut on head' - Barrichello

Felipe Massa had a cut on his head before being sedated and airlifted to a Budapest hospital, his countryman and rival Rubens Barrichello said after qualifying at the Hungaroring. A piece of tubular metal debris, apparently from the rear of ...

Felipe Massa had a cut on his head before being sedated and airlifted to a Budapest hospital, his countryman and rival Rubens Barrichello said after qualifying at the Hungaroring.

A piece of tubular metal debris, apparently from the rear of Brazilian Barrichello's Brawn car, struck Massa, who drives for Ferrari, in the face in the dying moments of the Q2 session.

A spokesman for the Italian team said Massa, last year's championship runner-up, was "stable" after being ambulanced to the circuit medical centre and then helicoptered to hospital.

"He was very agitated," Barrichello is quoted as saying by Britain's Daily Telegraph. "He had a cut in his head, which could have been from the part of my car that was on the track.

"He was talking, was conscious, but they have to analyse the cut (in hospital). He was moving his arms and legs, they had to make him sleep because he was agitated," Barrichello added.

Given the FIA's attitude towards head injuries, it is almost certain that Massa will not be starting the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday from tenth position.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari