Massa unscathed after major testing crash 04 Feb 2004
Sauber driver Felipe Massa escaped unhurt after crashing heavily in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday morning. The Brazilian was airlifted to the nearby Catalunya General Hospital, where checks revealed no major injuries.
Massa went off at the end of the main straight at 9.35am (local time) due to a front suspension problem, spinning across a gravel trap and into the tyre barriers. He was able to walk away from the accident, but circuit medics decided to helicopter him to hospital as a precautionary measure.
"No problem, I'm fine," said Massa after being checked over by doctors. His new C23 car was less fortunate and the damaged chassis will be taken back to Sauber's Swiss base for further investigation into the exact cause of the accident.
Massa, having taken over from team mate Giancarlo Fisichella for Wednesday's session, was on only his fourth lap of testing this week when the crash occurred.
Sauber will next be on track on Friday at Vairano in Italy, where test driver Neel Jani will be carrying out straight-line work. The team will then be at Jerez from next Tuesday.