After spending 79 days recovering from life, threatening head injuries of fractured skull Felipe Massa tested the Formula 1 car for the first time after the injury. Ferrari said he would not return to competition in 2009. Brazilian was at the wheel of a slick tyred Ferrari at the Italian team’s test circuit Fiorano. Massa is making good progress since his crash and qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix and he tested an F2007 in Italy on Monday.
However, Ferrari has said they want to proceed gradually and do not intend to rush him before he is physically and mentally fit and ready. F1 is ready to wait until the start of 2010. Massa underwent neurological tests in Paris on Friday. According to Ferrari, the outcome was rather positive prompting the decision to allow him to get behind the wheel of a privately owned F2007. Season testing is banned however; the sports governing body gave Massa permission to test using GP2 Tyres at Ferrari’s test track at Fiorano as part of his analysis. Ferrari insisted there is no chance of a comeback in 2009.As per the Ferrari statement this is in no way a proper test session and looking at the stopwatch will not be on the agenda. This opportunity for Felipe will renew his acquaintance with the natural environment namely at the racetrack. Felipa Massa was knocked unconsciously by a loose car part and injured the area around his left eye prompting fears at that time he could have suffered from loss of vision. He is anticipated to return for the final grand prix in Abu Dhabi held on 1 November.
Fuente: Daily Sports News