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Felipe Massa returns to Maranello 06 Oct 2009

Ferrari's Felipe Massa and team principal Stefano Domenicali, Maranello, Italy, 5 October 2009. © Ferrari Ferrari's Felipe Massa and team principal Stefano Domenicali, Maranello, Italy, 5 October 2009. © Ferrari

Felipe Massa returned to Ferrari’s base in Maranello on Monday for the first since he fractured his skull in a qualifying crash at July’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa, who got back behind the wheel of a kart in Brazil last week, used the Italian outfit’s F1 simulator, caught up with team members and attended various technical meetings.

“I'm finally back home," the Brazilian told Ferrari’s official website. "This is my second family and I couldn't wait to see them again, all the people I've been working with for many years and who have been close to me these days. Now I can really say that I start working again. There’s a lot to do, but I'm happy.”

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali added: “It's good to have Felipe back with us and I'm happy that I can embrace him again. We called (Ferrari) chairman Luca di Montezemolo together and he was happy to say hello to Felipe, wishing him well for his work. Felipe has to get back on top. He has a demanding period ahead of him with constant activities, but he knows that we're not in a hurry.”

Massa is hoping to make his Formula One return at March’s Bahrain Grand Prix, which is the first race of the 2010 season. Ferrari have won approval from the FIA for the 28 year-old to test a 2007-spec machine in the near future, although a date for the on-track session is yet to be confirmed.