Felipe Massa is set to return to drive a Formula 1 car for the first time since his accident in late July , Ferrari confirming it has gained clearance from the FIA to test the Brazilian in its F2007 car.
With Massa due back at the team’s Maranello factory from Monday to use its simulator after spending several weeks ramping up his training regime at his home in Brazil, team boss Stefano Domenicali revealed at Suzuka on Sunday that the 28-year-old’s comeback bid will soon take another significant step forward.
Massa, fast returning to fitness following the head injuries he sustained when he was hit on the head by a loose spring in qualifying in Hungary, will make his return to F1 machinery at Fiorano with a two-year-old car that will be fitted with GP2-spec tyres, so not to contravene F1’s in-season testing ban.
Massa’s return to a race track came earlier this week in Brazil when he completed several days of karting, increasing speculation that he could yet make an unexpected return to racing in F1 in either of the season’s final two rounds in Brazil or Abu Dhabi.
It’s great to hear Felipe is on the mend!