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F1's Massa freak accident

In Formula 1 qualifications Saturday morning at Hungaroring, a flyaway 800 gr (1.76 lb) rear suspension spring that fell off Barichello's Brawn GP hit Ferrari's Felipe Massa on his helmet and shield while travelling at about 170 mph. He passed out still on the throttle while somehow also applying brakes generating about 1G deceleration, straight through the chicane then hit a tire barrier at near 80 mph. His skull was fractured above left eye and at base of skull, with a cut and concussion... He's now in an induced coma after some surgery, and in life-threatening but stable condition.

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wow.

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Crazy. I hope he's OK. Spring from Barrichellos rear suspension apparently came out and that's what nailed him. Multiple skull fractures. Yikes!

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Wow, didn't know that was the injuries. I watched qualifying, and that was a VERY freak thing to happen.

Hope he pulls through. Never want to see a racer go down, especially for something as odd as this.

And did anyone hear why timing and scoring went down?
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Wow, didn't know that was the injuries. I watched qualifying, and that was a VERY freak thing to happen.

Hope he pulls through. Never want to see a racer go down, especially for something as odd as this.

And did anyone hear why timing and scoring went down?
With qualifying nearing its conclusion, the official timing system malfunctioned, leaving the drivers bemused in the pit lane afterwards, asking each other their times for comparisons. The problem was later revealed by Formula One Management and LG as being a broken cable. When the timing system came back online, Fernando Alonso discovered that he had set the fastest time, recording his first pole since the 2007 Italian Grand Prix. Joining him on the front row was Vettel, with Webber and Hamilton on row two. On row three were Rosberg, who was top when the system went down, and defending race-winner Kovalainen. When the cars' starting weights were released post-qualifying, Alonso was light compared to all those around him. He was some 17.5 kg lighter than Vettel, and at the extreme, 27 kg lighter than Button, who qualified eighth.

The debris, a spring from the rear suspension damper (weighing around 800 grams/1.76 lbs), was suspected of having come from the car of Barrichello, who had reported that something had come loose minutes beforehand. Brawn confirmed the part had indeed come from Barrichello's car, and changed the same part on team-mate Button's car ahead of the race. It was also subjected to an inspection during the third qualifying session, leaving Button with only one run for qualifying, due to the lengthy inspection.

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