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Massa will miss Hungarian GP

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25/07/2009

Ferrari has confirmed that Felipe Massa will not take part in tomorrow's Hungarian GP following his accident in today's qualifying session.

The Brazilian crashed in to the tyre barriers in the closing stages of the second phase of today's qualifying session after being hit on the head by a piece of debris thought to have fallen from Rubens Barrichello's car.

After an initial examination at the circuit's medical centre the 2008 world championship runner-up was airlifted to a nearby hospital in Budapest where his condition, according to the team, is said to be "stable".

Asked whether Massa will take part in tomorrow's race a team spokesman told reporters: "He will not race."

Photographs of Massa after the accident show the Brazilian's helmet to be badly damaged around the aperture on his helmet, with the visor ripped away, and the driver sporting a vicious cut and bruising to his left eye.

The accident comes just days after Henry Surtees, son of 1964 World Champion, John Surtees, was killed in an F2 race at Brands Hatch after being hit on the head by a wheel which had become detached from another car.

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