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Felipe Massa says he's 'lucky to be alive'

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-03

Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who survived a violent accident during the qualifiers for the Hungarian Grand Prix, told the British tabloid 'News Of The World' on Sunday that he was 'lucky to be alive', but that he intends to race again.

AFP - Ferrari ace Felipe Massa admitted on Sunday he was lucky to be alive after surviving a 275kph horror crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian was struck by a suspension spring which had worked its way off Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP, resulting in Massa crashing his Ferrari into a tyre barrier in qualifying in Budapest.

Massa needed emergency surgery on his fractured skull and spent two days in a medically-induced coma.

"I know I'm lucky to be alive," Massa told the News of the World.

"I don't remember anything about the accident but I will race again."

He explained: "When I woke up I didn't know why I was in hospital, so I was asking 'why am I here?'.

"I was pulling all the tubes and Eduardo, my brother, tried to stop me - so we had a fight.

"The accident was so unlucky but I know I'm lucky to be alive. I don't remember anything of what happened.

"It was my race, so when I awoke from the coma I couldn't believe it when they told me Lewis (Hamilton) had won and Kimi (Raikkonen) was second."

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher will take over from Massa behind the wheel of the Ferrari at the next race in Valencia on August 23.

Date created : 2009-08-02

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