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Massa admits he isn't expecting to race in Abu Dhabi 09 Oct 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, 9 May 2009

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has admitted he isn’t expecting to return to the Formula One grid this season. Massa, who fractured his skull during qualifying for July’s Hungarian Grand Prix, described the probability that he’d race at November’s season finale in Abu Dhabi as ‘really low’, during a web chat with fans on Ferrari’s official website.

This week the Brazilian has stepped up his training programme, spending two days on the Italian team’s static simulator on Tuesday and Wednesday in Modena. He’s expected to journey to Paris on Friday to undergo an FIA medical. If he is declared fit to drive, he could test a 2007-spec car on Monday.

"I hope that I'll be back soon, but I also know that the best thing is that I come back 100 per cent at the start of the next season,” he explained."My dream would be to race in Abu Dhabi, but the possibility is really, really low.

“On Monday, if the weather is fine, I should finally be behind the wheel of a Formula One single-seater. I hope that I can do many miles and do well, not only in terms of performance but also as far as constant lap times are concerned. I'm confident and I think that there won't be any problems."

Although he won’t be racing, the 28 year-old is scheduled to attend next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, after he was invited by organisers to wave the chequered flag at the Interlagos race.