Massa expected to recover in time for Canada
27 May, 2013
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa left hospital following checks on Sunday and should be fit for the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks.
Whilst already suffering from a sore neck from his practice crash, the Brazilian suffered a near-identical incident during the Monaco Grand Prix.
After initially recovering trackside in a neck brace, Massa was transferred to hospital for checks but later Tweeted a thumbs-up photo from his Monaco apartment.
“He is fine,” said Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, “and I believe that in the space of a few days he will back in perfect shape and ready to race in Montreal.”
Although Massa’s two Ste Devote crashes this weekend were almost identical, Ferrari believes the first was caused by hitting a bump.
And “It seems that (Sunday’s) incident can be attributed to a problem on the left front corner of the car,” said technical director Pat Fry.
Speaking later Massa said, “My race ended on lap twenty eight after an accident at the Ste. Devote corner, just as happened yesterday morning in the third free practice session.”
“I was taken to hospital for all the precautionary checks and luckily everything is in order. I’m alright, I’ve just got a slight pain in my neck, but nothing serious. Now I will look to get in shape and be back 100% for the Montreal race. All I want to do is put this bad weekend behind me and think about doing well in the rest of the season,” added the Brazilian