WORLD champion Lewis Hamilton claimed a long-awaited first victory of 2009 at yesterday’s Hungarian Grand Prix – and then paid tribute to hospitalised Ferrari rival Felipe Massa.<br /><br />Brazilian Massa needed emergency surgery on a fractured skull following a freak accident during qualifying on Saturday. Last night he remained in an induced coma in intensive care but doctors said scans had shown encouraging results.<br /><br />And McLaren driver Hamilton admitted that the health of Massa, his closest rival in last year’s championship, overshadowed his personal triumph at the Hungaroring.<br /><br />“Maybe I can speak for all of us, but today was a sad day given what happened with Felipe,” said Hamilton. “We miss him, wish him well and we all wish him a speedy recovery.”<br /><br />Massa, 28, fractured his skull in two places when he was hit on the helmet by a spring that broke off Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP. After surgery he was put into a coma and was still under sedation last night in order to keep his condition stable.<br /><br />He was briefly brought round for a series of scans, and Dr Peter Baszo of Budapest’s AEK military hospital said the outcome had been positive. He said: “The result of the CT was reassuring. It brought the result we had expected for an injury of this type.”<br /><br />Massa’s accident came just days after Formula Two driver Henry Surtees died when a rival’s wheel broke free and struck him.