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Massa expected to fly home on Monday 31 Jul 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 19 June 2009 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2009.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 19 June 2009

There was further proof of Felipe Massa’s strong recovery on Friday, as Ferrari revealed that the injured driver hopes to fly back to his native Brazil early next week. Massa sustained a fractured skull in an accident during qualifying for last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Felipe Massa's health condition is improving day by day so that a return back home could be imminent,” said Ferrari. “If everything proceeds the best possible way, Felipe could leave Budapest on Monday to be brought to Sao Paulo.”

Massa left intensive care on Wednesday, having spent several days in an artificial coma following emergency surgery on his injuries. He has since made rapid progress and is now expected to continue his recuperation with his family.

It is hoped Massa will make a full recovery, though no date has yet been set for his return to competition. Former Ferrari team mate Michael Schumacher is planning to come out of retirement to take his place at the forthcoming European Grand Prix.