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Massa safe but doctors fear eye damage

FELIPE Massa's life is no longer in danger, but the eye injury sustained by the Ferrari driver could affect his future in Formula One.

Robert Veres, the doctor who performed surgery on Massa after his crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix, said that Massa was stable and remained sedated "to protect his brain." He said Massa had suffered damage to his left eye but didn't "know the quality of this damage."

"We can say that the immediate life-threatening condition has been averted but a complication could make it life-threatening again," Veres said. "Currently he is in a severe but not critical condition and he is stable," he added.

Veres said Massa had signs of brain swelling and was likely to miss the rest of the season.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, who flew to Budapest yesterday to visit Massa, said his main concern for the time being was Massa's recovery and the team would consider his possible replacement later.

"For us, the first priority is to find out Felipe's recovery progress and situation," Di Montezemolo said. "Felipe is a very important member of the Ferrari family not just the Ferrari team.


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