It would appear that Felipe Massa has caught the silly injury bug from Juan Pablo Montoya as well as a proper bug which will require him to rest prior to the British Grand Prix next weekend. Over the French Grand Prix weekend last week, it became known that Massa was carrying a small injury to his neck, and now the poor chap has the flu. Still, at least the Brazilian driver managed a win at Magny Cours and tested well on Tuesday at Silverstone.
Felipe’s neck injury was apparently suffered while in a lift, or elevator if you’re from anywhere other than the UK. Apparently he felt something in the lift car but this is all we know. I’m not a neck expert I’m afraid, but I do know how annoying it is to be unable to move your head very much. I can only imagine how the seemingly small injury affected the Ferrari driver in France.
It was a stupid thing. I was in the elevator, had a moment and felt my neck. I was not even driving. It was a little bit strange, and I had a lot of pain yesterday in the [Friday Practice] sessions. This morning was a little bit [painful] but getting better and better. Tomorrow should be okay. Felipe Massa, speaking at Magny Cours last Saturday.
Massa received some treatment though and has said his neck has recovered completely, but now the poor chap has influenza. Massa caught the bug just before testing started on Tuesday and was scheduled to do the running on Wednesday. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen took over on Thursday and Massa was ordered to rest.
I picked up a cold bug and had to do two days of testing with some sort of influenza and now I am completely tired. I need to relax and concentrate on the next race. Felipe Massa.
Felipe added that he should be fine for the race and is no doubt stocking up on chicken soup and Lemsip as I type.