Ferrari’s Felipe Massa has claimed his life-threatening injury sustained in qualifying for the Hungarian grand prix will not affect his ability to compete in Formula One.
The Brazilian is still recovering from a fractured skull after was hit by a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s car at high-speed back in July. Massa is adamant that getting back behind the cockpit is the only thing he wants to do.
“For me, the worst thing that happened was not being able to race,” he told The Guardian. “If you can't drive that's terrible. But my wife has already asked me, at least 10 times, 'Are you sure you don't feel any doubts or worries?' Always, I say, 'No - because this is what I like to do.'
"If I don't drive then I am not the same person. Ever since I was a small boy this is my life. This is what I like to do. So I really hope, and expect, nothing will change inside of me when I go back into the car and start pushing myself to the maximum again."
When asked if there had not been a moment during his recovery when he had hesitated about coming back, Massa said: "No. For my family it was very difficult because they followed everything and went through a lot. But for me it was less than that.