Despite the obvious semantics, the result of Felipe Massa's CT scan was both 'negative' and 'positive' - and both were good for the long-term prognosis for the Brazilian's recovery.

Having spent the night in an induced coma at Budapest's AEK Hospital, Massa underwent the scan to check on developments with his head injury, sustained in a freak accident during qualifying at the Hungaroring on Sunday.

The Ferrari driver was struck on the left-hand side of his helmet by a steel spring that had come away from the rear suspension of Rubens Barrichello's Brawn car, which was running ahead of him on track. Massa lost consciousness in the impact and continued across the turn four grass and into the tyre barriers on the outside of the corner at barely unabated speed. Although long black tyre marks suggested that there was an attempt to brake, the Ferrari still hit the wall at an estimated 125mph.

Although Massa appeared awake as he was taken to the circuit's medical centre, further investigations discovered that his head injuries went deeper than merely a facial wound above his left eye - sustained when the visor was ripped from his helmet - and the Brazilian was airlifted to hospital in Budapest for what was later described as 'life-saving surgery'.

Sedated after the procedure, Massa spent the night under observation before being taken for the CT scan early on Sunday morning.

"The scan had a positive outcome," a Ferrari statement reported, making clear the distinction that 'positive' in this case referred to the implications for the driver, rather than finding any further complication, "The driver was awake for some time and is now resting in the intensive care unit of Budapest's AEK Hospital."

"[The scan] brought the result that we had expected concerning an injury of this type," chief surgeon Peter Bazso confirmed, before revealing that Massa would remain under observation in intensive care as he was still in an 'acute phase' of treatment.

"The situation is stable and positive, but we need to stay calm and give the right time for his body to respond to the situation," warned Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live.

Ferrari team-mates displayed their thoughts for Massa with a special pit-board message, reading 'Forza Felipe - we're with you', ahead the Hungarian Grand Prix.


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