Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Felipe Massa back at Maranello as his recovery moves into full swing
Director of the Gestione Sportiva Stefano Domenicali, who himself just came back from Suzuka on Monday morning following the Japanese Grand Prix, was happy to see Massa back at Maranello. Domenicali and Massa sat together and discussed the programme Massa would go through over the next few days.
Massa said hello to all the people from the Gestione Sportiva, who have been really supportive of him in this difficult time. Later on, he went to the Ferrari production line to see the newly launched GT car, the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Before going to the gym, Massa answered some fan emails and comments on the official Ferrari website. He said that over the next few days, he wants to thank the fans for their support and answer their questions in a live chat.
I am very happy to see Massa back 'home'. His accident really was horrendous, and he himself agrees that he was lucky even to be alive. After that, the fact that he has recovered so well in such a short time just shows his fighting spirit and his determination to come back to Formula 1 stronger than ever. Now I only wish that he will take his time to get fully race fit before getting back behind the wheel. He is very eager to be back racing as soon as possible, which is why he is pushing to make a return at Abu Dhabi. As much as I cannot wait to see him back, I want him to fully get well first. The pre-season testing for 2010 does not start until February, so in theory he could use up all that time to recover fully. As part of the regulations, Massa will need to see an FIA doctor before he is allowed to race in Formula 1 again.
Although not racing, Massa will be present in the Ferrari garage throughout the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend. Massa has always loved the Interlagos track and not just because it is his home race, but also because he has a great record there for Ferrari. It will understandably be hard for him to watch the race from the Ferrari garage, but hopefully the overwhelming support he will have there will make it up for him. Here is hoping to see Felipe Massa make a successful return to Formula 1!