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Ferrari: Massa in excellent form 17 Aug 2009

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Budapest, Hungary, Friday, 24 July 2009 Ferrari show their support for Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 26 July 2009 The Ferrari F2009 of Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari after his heavy qualifying crash.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 25 July 2009

Ferrari say that Felipe Massa’s recovery is continuing to go ‘very well’ after team principal Stefano Domenicali visited the Brazilian driver at his Sao Paulo home on Sunday.

Massa sustained fractures to his skull after his helmet was struck by a loose component from another car during qualifying for the last round of the championship in Hungary, just over three weeks ago.

"Felipe is in excellent form and his recovery is going very well!” Domenicali told Ferrari’s official website, after meeting with his injured driver. "I’m very happy about Felipe’s state.”

After undergoing emergency surgery, Massa spent just over a week in a Budapest hospital, the first few days of which he was kept in an artificially-induced coma. He was then flown back to Brazil where he underwent further tests before being discharged to recuperate at home.

"The medical checks which have been carried out over the last two weeks continue to be very encouraging,” added Domenicali. “Now it’s important to be patient and take one step at a time, without any hurry.”

No date has been set for Massa’s return to competition and his place at this weekend’s European Grand Prix will be taken by Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer.