Update: Massa in ‘stable’ condition

Felipe Massa is in a ‘stable’ condition following his horrific crash in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Brazilian crashed heavily into the tyre wall at Turn 4 after being hit on the head by debris on the preceding straight.

Massa was able to apply some braking but the undeviating nature of brake marks on the tarmac, allied to the high-speed characteristics of that part of the track, indicated that he was pitched directly into the tyre wall at high speed.

Television replays from the car s onboard camera showed Massa being hit on the head by debris, believed to have come from Ruben s Barrichello s Brawn car.

Massa was taken to the circuit medical centre before being taken to a nearby hospital. An FIA spokeswoman confirmed to trackside reporters that Massa was in a ‘stable’ condition but could not provide further details on the extent of any injuries.

Massa’s car the front end totally in tact was loaded onto the back of a lorry and escorted back to the pits.