Massa on his way home to Brazil 03 Aug 2009
As expected, Ferraris Felipe Massa left hospital in Budapest on Monday, less than ten days after suffering a fractured skull during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa is now flying home to his native Brazil, where he will continue his recuperation.
Massa underwent emergency surgery at the AEK military hospital after he was struck by a loose spring from another car. He spent several days in an artificial coma, before being released from intensive care last Wednesday.
News agency Reuters reported that Massa was seen smiling and shaking hands with officials at Budapest's Ferihegy International Airport, as he walked aboard a private jet ahead of the journey to Sao Paolo. It is hoped he will make a full recovery, though no date has been set for his return to competition.
Ferrari are planning to replace Massa with former driver Michael Schumacher for the forthcoming European Grand Prix and the seven-time champion has already begun testing in preparation for his comeback. Schumacher retired at the end of 2006.