Hospital: Massa in 'satisfactory condition' after surgery

The Canadian Press

7/25/2009 3:40:59 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Officials say Felipe Massa is in "satisfactory condition" after emergency surgery on a "life-threatening" skull injury the Ferrari driver sustained in a violent crash in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.

The department of defence said that Massa would be kept in intensive care overnight at AEK military hospital following the successful operation.

"He is being cared to in intensive care and now he is in stable, satisfactory condition," the defence ministry said in a statement Saturday.

The 28-year-old Massa also suffered a concussion, but was conscious and in stable condition when he was airlifted to the hospital, Ferrari said.

Massa lost control and crashed into tire barriers when his helmet was hit by a car part on the track.