Ferrari rules out 2009 race return for Massa

Ferrari has ended speculation that Felipe Massa could make a return to the cockpit of the number 3 F60 in Abu Dhabi in less than three weeks. The Brazilian driver has said the chance of a 2009 comeback from his serious head injuries is very low,...

Ferrari has ended speculation that Felipe Massa could make a return to the cockpit of the number 3 F60 in Abu Dhabi in less than three weeks.

The Brazilian driver has said the chance of a 2009 comeback from his serious head injuries is very low, but on Monday he will test a 2007-spec Formula One car at Ferrari's Fiorano test track.

His eyesight has been given a clean bill of health by the FIA, and Ferrari also revealed at the weekend that neurological tests in Paris had a positive outcome.

"Talk of a proper return to Formula One can wait until the start of the 2010 season and only at that time will the medical checks be carried out, as required by the FIA in order to allow someone who has been injured to return to racing," the team said in a statement.

Ferrari also played down Massa's F2007 test, insisting it is not "a proper test session" and that he will only do "a few laps".

The Maranello based team also insisted that the results of the "informal" medical checks in Paris in the last days were positive but "not enough to endorse a return to competition in the next two months".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari