Ferrari driver wants to race in Valencia
31 July 2009

Ferrari F1 driver Felipe Massa is already thinking about racing again and wants to compete at the next round in Valencia, according to his personal doctor.

Dino Altman said yesterday that the condition of the Brazilian driver, who suffered a serious accident during the qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, was getting better all the time.

“Felipe continues to improve,” said Altman. “He is eating, he was walking around the room, he took a shower in the morning, like a normal person. So that's good news. No problem with his eyes; it's okay.

“He is eating normal food. He ate chicken; today in the morning he had a normal breakfast, some yogurt with nutritional complements, bread, cheese, tomato, and he also had a banana.”

He refused to give a specific timeframe for the Brazilian to go racing again, although he said he was sure Massa would eventually make it back onto the grid.

“It's the only thing he is thinking about; it's his fixed idea. He has no fears at all,” Altman said. “He thinks he would be able to race in Valencia.”

Reacting to the news that seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher would take his seat in the Ferrari while he was recovering, Massa reportedly joked, “We'll have to see if I will let him drive!”

“He was joking with his friends and his brother,” said Altman. “He was telling us that he heard about the Schumacher news, and he told us, 'Let's see if I let him drive the car, because I won't give up'."

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