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Massa spends six hours in the simulator 07 Oct 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 3 April 2009 Ferrari's Felipe Massa and team principal Stefano Domenicali, Maranello, Italy, 5 October 2009. © Ferrari

Felipe Massa’s recovery from the fractured skull he sustained at July’s Hungarian Grand Prix picked up pace on Tuesday, with the Brazilian completing six hours behind the wheel of Ferrari’s 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 Ferrari’s official website. “The simulator uses an A1GP single-seater, so it’s 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 can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of a real single-seater. I miss Formula One a lot. It’s 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.