Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has confirmed Felipe Massa is back in training as the Brazilian steps up his recovery from the life-threatening injuries he suffered during a crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this year.
Massa was knocked out by a spring that had come off Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car during qualifying for the race in July and subsequently smashed into a tyre wall.
The 28-year-old underwent an operation to repair a fractured skull, but is now well on the road to recovery and this week confirmed he plans get back behind the wheel at a charity karting event in November.
And Domenicali admitted ahead of tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix he is pleased with Massa’s progress.
“Felipe is recovering quite well,” he said. “He has started a training programme in terms of fitness and again starting his preparation.
“The next step will be to start a programme on the simulator and then the programme will be to do some kart running.
“As soon as these things are fine, then we will decide when to put him back in a proper racing car.”
However, the future of Massa’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen remains unclear.
Rumours that Renault driver Fernando Alonso could replace the Finn for next season increased this week when Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo stated only Massa was confirmed for 2010.
And while Domenicali conceded there had been developments this week on the subject, he refused to be drawn on exactly what progress has been made.
“I think what I can say is repeat what our president said,” he added.
“In the last couple of days the situation has changed, so we will keep you updated as soon as we can say something. At the moment there is nothing to add on that.”