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Massa back on track for Ferrari at Mugello 16 Dec 2009

Ferrari's Felipe Massa in the F2007 cockpit, Mugello, Italy, 15 December 2009. © Ferrari. Felipe Massa at the Ferrari World Finals, Valencia, Spain, November 15, 2009. © Ferrari

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa enjoyed an early Christmas present on Tuesday after getting back behind the wheel of a Formula One car. Massa, who missed the last eight races of the 2009 season after fracturing his skull, completed 30 laps of the Mugello circuit as his two-day test got underway.

The Brazilian was in action in a two year-old F2007, which had been provided by the Italian team’s F1 Clienti department. Although poor weather limited his running, Massa was pleased to get the chance to sharpen his skills once again, ahead of his planned comeback next season.

“I’m happy that I could get into this car and it is always a pleasure driving on a track like Mugello,” he told Ferrari’s official website. “Everything went well, but it’s a pity that I could only drive in the afternoon.”

Weather permitting, Massa will test again at the Italian track on Wednesday, before flying home to Brazil.