F1 »

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.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Maria de Villota (ESP) Marussia F1 Team
Fernando Alonso arrives in style to officially open the museum complex devoted to his racing career
Karts on display at the new Fernando Alonso museum in Oviedo, Spain
One of Fernando Alonso`s karts, bearing the now familiar #14
Fernando Alonso`s first karting licence as displayed at the museum celebrating his career in Oviedo
Fernando Alonso - McLaren-Honda MP4-30
Antonio Fuoco - Ferrari SF15-T
21.06.2015- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
21.06.2015- Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
21.06.2015- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
21.06.2015- Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T come back to the paddock after the crash with a marshall
21.06.2015- Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W06
21.06.2015- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
21.06.2015- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
21.06.2015- Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
21.06.2015- Race, Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren Honda MP4-30
21.06.2015- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37
21.06.2015- Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 car on a tow truck after the race

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


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.



© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.