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  • Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

    http://www.bangshift.com/blog/Breaki...ecks-Hard.html

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    Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

    Over last weekend there was a 19 year old driver killed by a flying tire from another car that wrecked. The firewall here at work won't let me find the article. :-\
    Escaped on a technicality.

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      Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

      The tire killed former Formula One Champion John Surtees son.

      Brian
      That which you manifest is before you.

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        Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

        Originally posted by Brian Lohnes
        The tire killed former Formula One Champion John Surtees son.

        Brian
        That's the one.
        Escaped on a technicality.

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          Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

          Here's a shot of Massa afterwards.

          http://www.gazzetta.it/Motori/Formul...59655624.shtml

          Carbon fiber helmets are awesome. He's a lucky man at this point. He is going to require surgery. It still caused a fracture of his skull.

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            Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

            I don't think he ever passed out in the car. Look at the video closely, and he is slowing down immediately following the thing hitting his head. He locks the wheels up once he hits the grass, and then continues back across the track and into the sand and wall. He's trying to stop. Good job on his part. Can you imagine getting smacked like that and still working the wheel?
            "A cross thread is better than a lock washer." Earl Lanning...My Grandpa

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              Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

              I hope he lives through it all. The fact that they have untethered springs on the cars is just downright negligent.

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                Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

                I just heard about it. tragic accident.
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                  Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

                  What a horrible incident, Hospital officials say Formula One driver Felipe Massa is in "life-threatening" condition after surgery for a fractured skull from a high-speed crash at Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.

                  Officials at the AEK military hospital said Saturday that Massa will be kept sedated on a respirator in an intensive care unit.

                  Medical director Peter Bazso said at a news conference that "Massa's condition is serious, life-threatening but stable."

                  Click here for very explicit photo of Massa's injury http://www.speedtv.com/forums/viewthread/462386/

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                    Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

                    Watched that on Speed today. Crazy things going on this weekend in Hungary. From watching the video it looked like he wasn't in control of the car all the way into the wall after the spring hit him. He managed to get on the brakes though. I'm sure he will pull through, as long as there isn't too much swelling of the brain. He was surprisingly alert when they took him to the helicopter.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

                      Imagine if the spring had have hit only the visor. It would have entered and possibly killed him.
                      To say "he's lucky" is silly because he got hit. But it's good he's not that unlucky to have much more serious injuries.

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                        Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

                        Originally posted by horsewidower
                        The fact that they have untethered springs on the cars is just downright negligent.
                        The pentultimate form of motorsport, and they don't employ spring tethers?

                        Guess I have to(grudgingly) give NASCAR credit in that area.

                        That's one hell of an injury, but still amazing that Massa was able to remain somewhat coherent.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Breaking News and Video: F1 Driver Struck in Head by Spring; Wrecks Hard

                          I thought F1 ran inboard coilovers?
                          How did the spring get out?

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