Massa spends six hours in the simulator 07 Oct 2009
Felipe Massas recovery from the fractured skull he sustained at Julys Hungarian Grand Prix picked up pace on Tuesday, with the Brazilian completing six hours behind the wheel of Ferraris simulator in Modena. Massa has journeyed to visit the Italian team this week as he continues preparations to return to his Formula One cockpit.
We worked very well, without any problems, Massa told Ferraris official website. The simulator uses an A1GP single-seater, so its not exactly like Formula One, but pretty close. I drove on the track in Barcelona to avoid creating an even bigger test atmosphere.
The work was more than anything else a way to get back in contact with a car. Obviously I cant wait to get back behind the wheel of a real single-seater. I miss Formula One a lot. Its my passion more than my job.
With the FIA granting Ferrari permission to run Massa in an older car on GP2 tyres, the 28 year-old may not have to wait much longer. Although Ferrari have said there will be no test this week, the team and Massa are hopeful it will be sooner rather than later. He will continue to run in the simulator on Wednesday.