Analysing Massa's amazing recovery
Felipe Massa has gone from life-threatening head injury to finishing second in the Bahrain Grand Prix in less than eight months. Dieter Rencken spoke to medical expert Dr Stephen Olvey about the Brazilian's comeback
One of the 'hot' topics in Bahrain was how Felipe Massa would fare upon his return from injury. Those who witnessed the effects of the wayward spring off Rubens Barrichello's Brawn which pierced the Brazilian's helmet, causing serious head injuries, were unequivocal in their praise for his qualifying. It was good enough to place his Ferrari on the front row, ahead of 2005/6 world champion Fernando Alonso – driving a car identical in every respect, including fuel load and tyre choice.
However, having played a big part in Felipe's treatment, Dr Stephen E. Olvey was far from astonished, for the driver had already surprised the neurosurgeon with his rate of recovery.
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