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“Budapest, a very special weekend for me”

July 27, 2010 · Posted by Felipe Massa

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. 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.

Quite often this year, at press conferences at the track, journalists ask me if I feel I am back to normal and if I am driving as well as before and my answer is always the same: yes, in terms of my work, absolutely nothing has changed. But as a person, the accident did change me: it made me value life much more than before and I appreciate the ordinary things in life ten times more and it has put life and my health in perspective, not taking anything for granted and not just for me, but also for life in general and what it means to everyone. I know what it means now and I feel I am much more mature as a human being. However, on the professional front, nothing has changed, because once you shut the visor and go out on the race track, you just do everything as before, without thinking of the accident.

In Germany, we produced a great team result and if people were asking why Ferrari kept saying for several weeks before that the F10 had improved a lot, they got the answer in Hockenheim. But that does not mean we are sitting on our hands, because there will be even more updates coming this weekend and the result last weekend is motivation for everyone in the team to keep pushing even harder to keep the momentum going, improving race by race. There are other reasons to be optimistic about this weekend, including the fact that Bridgestone is bringing its Super-Soft and Medium tyres that have always suited the F10 very well, so maybe we can have another very competitive race. 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. 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. So all in all, there are many reasons why I am really looking forward to going back to Budapest in a couple of days time.


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24 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 06:32 by fuza
    I'm hoping for another big win for both Ferrari cars.
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 06:48 by waaarrd
    You are the best Felipe!
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 06:52 by waaarrd
    You are the best Felipe!Greetings from Hungary
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 07:11 by Csilla
    i wish you good luck and the victory!!! Go Felipe Don't give up a fan from Hungary
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 07:38 by
    Thank you Felipe for everything you've done last Sunday. You're great Driver and great Team Mate. Thank you very very much. Best greetings from Poland. Julietta G.
  • Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 09:36 by alexandra stan
    dear felipe, the last two races in Hungaroring were with bad luck but i am confident that this year's race the bad luck would have gone and you will claim the victory because you deserve it an because for your fans you are a real winner.Good luck and best wishes from Romania!!! Go Go Felipe!!!
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 09:38 by Viktoria Chiara Hägel
    Congratulation to your fantastic race in Germany. It was great to see you back on the Podium. Now i wish you good luck for the race in Budapest!
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 10:10 by Denise
    Good luck! And i hope you will this time, and see you on thighest step of the podium! Succes from holland!
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 01:14 by Tiffany Hyde
    God bless you Felipe. I am really looking forward to watching this weekends race in Hungary on TV here in England, and it would be extra special for you to get your 1st (but of course not last) win of the season here. Tiffany x
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 02:23 by Abi
    Welcome back to podium Felipe,best wishes for Hungarian GP,win here would be great becouse of many reasons.You're a great team mate and you and Nando need to keep pushing to catch Mc Laren in constructors championchip. Tifosi from Montenegro are with You.
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 06:02 by Tinashe
    Hey Felipe best of luck in Hungary. Your team spirit is enviable and I commend you for that. You will have a good result this weekend for sure!
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 08:50 by F430ScudMC
    Congrats Felipe on a great race last weekend!! It was a shame that the hard tires kind of screwed you, but as you said, a Ferrari One-Two is all we tifosi could ever ask for!! You're an inspiration to all of us Felipe, Hungary will always be a special place to you and all of us who have followed your "Ferrari journey." I sincerely wish you the best this weekend. Forza Ferrari! Forza Felipe! Grazie. Ciao! Mark USA
  • Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 11:29 by
    That will be a special gp for you...after what happened there last year!!! Go felipe and don't bother what the media say!! You deserve to be in ferrari!! All scare now ferrari because is back up there and winning!!!
  • Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 05:23 by juanBk
    Felipe you are a great driver, 2008 was very near, next year will be a chance, this year for the team peace
  • Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 09:31 by carlos iglesias
    Hy Felipe...You did an awfull job in germany! Thank's for your hard work! You're an great team-player. Stay calmed, and confident, your time will come, for sure! Greetings to your Family, and Felipinho! See you next weekend on the podium with Fernando! Greeting....Carlos from Hamburg-Germany
  • Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 05:18 by
    Good Luck! Go for win in Hungary! Don't give up!
  • Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 06:10 by Mark Stephens
    Felipe, best of luck to you this weekend, it's obvious the car is better suited to you now as you scorched the pavement last weekend! I look forward to seeing you and Fernando on the podium this weekend and best of luck to you and the team! Ciao -Mark
  • Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 09:44 by L from Canada
    Hello Felipe. Congratulations on a fantastic race last weekend. I am so happy that my two favourite drivers are driving for Ferrari. You are an awesome team, both working together. I hope to see you on the top step of the podium this weekend! All the best!
  • Friday, 30 Jul 2010 09:01 by Eggy
    I know you will be better after that horrible accident,and I hope that you will receive a good result in the coming race.Fighting!
  • Friday, 30 Jul 2010 09:16 by Cao Dan
    Come on ,Massa!!!You are always excellent.
  • Friday, 30 Jul 2010 01:37 by pp223
    i love felipe. i think you are fastest driver in formula one. and i hope you will get pole position. im japanese. you must look into kamui kobayashi.
  • Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 04:36 by SziZita
    Hi Felipe!!! Show once again that your place is on the highest step on the podium! Good luck, take care and win the race!!! Zita, Romania
  • Sunday, 1 Aug 2010 09:42 by The trucioli di legno
    Dear Mr. Massa , I admire you. I am from Spain and I support Fernando from a long ago. Now I am with Ferrari and with you. I do not like giving congratulations when drivers win (many people does for me). I like saying thank you in the difficult moments. Best wishes for you and for all the family of Ferrari. The trucioli di legno.
  • Tuesday, 3 Aug 2010 12:18 by Nats100
    Hey Felipe, well done on a stunning drive on Sunday!! You are still my number one driver ;-)



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