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De Villota urged to stay strong

Felipe Massa urges Maria de Villota to stay strong after her testing accident
Ferrari driver Felipe Massa has urged Maria de Villota to stay strong as she comes to terms with the injuries she sustained in her accident while testing with Marussia on Tuesday.

De Villota suffered serious injuries when she collided with the tail lift of a support truck at Duxford Airfield during a straight-line test, with the Spaniard undergoing surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge overnight.

Despite the best efforts of medics however, the team confirmed yesterday [Wednesday] that the 32-year-old had lost her right-eye as a result of the accident [See separate story HERE].

Massa himself suffered a serious head injury when he was hit by an errant spring that had come away from the car of Rubens Barrichello during the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, with the Brazilian almost losing an eye in the incident.

Having battled back from his own injuries, and with experience of recovering from a head injury, Massa used his Twitter account to urge de Villota to stay strong as remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.

“My thoughts are for Maria and her family,” Massa said. “I pray for God to help her at this time. Don't give up Maria and think positive! As I did after my incident!!”

Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso and McLaren pair Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton are amongst the other drivers on the grid to have send de Villota messages of support.



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Dee - Unregistered

July 05, 2012 10:01 AM

Everyone wants to see excitement in F1, but no one wants to see any driver badly injured. While we all hope for the best recovery possible for de Villota, I'm sure Massa is thinking about how lucky he was not to have been permanently injured by his own freak accident.



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