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It was a freak accident that almost killed Felipe Massa. During a Formula 1 qualifying lap last year in Hungary, a spring from Reubens Barrichello's car struck the Ferrari driver in the helmet, knocking him unconscious and fracturing his skull. The Brazilian racer went through surgery to repair his damaged skull and was later brought into a medically-induced coma to help him recover. There was some speculation as to whether Massa would ever drive again.

One year later, Massa is racing for Ferrari again, though with less success than he saw in 2008, when he was the runner-up to Lewis Hamilton for the Drivers Championship. Last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix was Massa's first trip back to the scene of his accident (he finished in 4th place), and CNN interviewed him to see how the event has changed him. On the track, Massa says that little if anything has changed, but when the helmet is off, he claims to be a very different man.

"It made me value life much more than before, and I appreciate the ordinary things in life 10 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." Those are the words of a man happy to be alive, and his recently renewed contract with Ferrari should make him happier still. Head over to CNN to read the interview in full.

[Source: CNN | Image: Paul Gilham/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Nothing but respect for Massa.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks to helmet tech, and lightweight spring tech, Massa is not in de cold, cold ground.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Really glad he's back. He is an excellent driver and a great sportsman from what i've seen so far.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Congrats on a successful recovery Felipe but you should NOT have pulled over and given away that win!

      Raspberry for Ferrari Team Management and F1 for allowing it to happen.
      $100,000 fine was an insult to fans and nothing more than spare change for Ferrari.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Massa is the man and imo he deserves a championship. And I'm a Lewis Hamilton fan. He's going to have to put up with alonso but I dont think its in his cards to play #2 again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait, what? CNN is actually doing real reporting again? [/end rant]

      Seriously speaking, I wish Massa the very best and hope Ferrari give him an honest chance to win next season.

      As for The Scuderia, I hope they loose all of their Constructor's points this season for the crap they pulled at Hockenheim.
      • 4 Years Ago
      massa is my favorite f1 driver. he's insanely fast and always a class-act. i have nothing but love and respect for the guy and am thrilled ferrari signed him for another 2.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I has been a year already, damn time is flying...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I followed f1 to understand more of it