Felipe Massa has revealed that he will meet with the marshals and medical staff who helped him following his accident in Hungary last year when he makes his return to the Hungaroring this weekend.
Massa was lucky to escape with his life last year after the accident in qualifying that saw him struck on the helmet by a spring that had broken away from the Brawn GP car of fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.
The Brazilian was left in a coma following the accident and missed the remainder of the 2009 season while recovering from his injuries before returning to action at the start of 2010.
Massa will now return to the scene of the accident this weekend and said he will make time to meet with those who helped following the accident when he arrives at the circuit.
“Going back to Budapest will be a very special weekend for me, for reasons which you can all appreciate as it was there, just over a year ago, that I was seriously injured when a spring from another car hit me on the head during Q2 on Saturday afternoon,” he said. “My first meeting when I arrive at the Hungaroring circuit will be with all the marshals and medical staff who did such a very good job of carefully getting me out of the cockpit.
“I want to thank these people, with whom I now feel a special bond. I had to stay in hospital for a week after the accident and I got to know the staff, who all treated me so well and one unusual result of the whole unfortunate episode is that I know I now have a lot more fans in Hungary.”
Putting the controversy on race day to one side, Ferrari enjoyed one of its most competitive weekends to date this season in Germany and Massa said he hopeful of another strong showing at the Hungaroring.
“Throughout the year, we have seen that various teams' performance has been very much related to the track characteristics, with the exception of Red Bull, who have been competitive everywhere,” he said. “So let's wait and see how we go at the Hungaroring. Personally, I have never had a good result at this circuit, but that has simply been down to circumstances, as I do enjoying driving here a lot and, in 2008 for example, the last time I actually raced here, I led for sixty laps until my engine failed.
“All in all, there are many reasons why I am really looking forward to going back to Budapest in a couple of days time.”