For the first time since his season-ending accident at Hungary in late July, Felipe Massa returned to the cockpit of Ferrari’s 2009 challenger, the F60.
Since recovering from his serious head injuries, the Brazilian has completed a few laps in a two-year-old Ferrari F1, but he admits that Sunday’s action – about 20 laps of the Valencia circuit for the marque’s ‘Finale Mondiali’ event – was particularly special.
"It was fantastic and I am so happy. Although I could drive just a little, I really enjoyed being here," he said. "I am very motivated: this today for me is like victory. It was just like before the accident at the Hungaroring.”
At the end of the day, Massa dashed to the airport to return to Sao Paulo to be with his pregnant wife Rafaela – the birth of their first child is due next week.
It’s simply fantastic to see Felipe back and ready for action in 2010!