Massa return not on the cards yet

Felipe Massa is recovering well from his Formula One accident but it is too early to be talking about his return, two of the men closest to the Ferrari race driver insist. As Michael Schumacher gave his press conference in Geneva on Wednesday,...

Felipe Massa is recovering well from his Formula One accident but it is too early to be talking about his return, two of the men closest to the Ferrari race driver insist.

As Michael Schumacher gave his press conference in Geneva on Wednesday, he revealed that he has been in regular contact with his 2006 teammate since he began convalescing in Brazil.

"I'm glad that he is recovering so well.

"He's extremely motivated, although he can't prepare in such an intense way as he wants, because the doctors still don't allow it," Schumacher said, after explaining to international press his reasons for no longer replacing Massa, 28, at forthcoming races.

Rubens Barrichello, meanwhile, wrote on his Twitter page on Wednesday that he had spent the afternoon at his countryman's Sao Paulo home.

"He is fine and exactly the same person as before, thank God," the Brawn driver, who like Schumacher had visited Massa while he was in the Budapest hospital, said.

Barrichello also posted a photo of his visit with a smiling Massa, whose facial bruising and scar on his left forehead is still visible but not as severe as before.

"On Felipe's comeback we need to be patient, he has to be 100 per cent before driving again (but) he doesn't lack the will," added Barrichello, from whose Brawn car the rear suspension spring that struck Massa in the helmet had fallen off.

The 37-year-old Brazilian added: "I loved the afternoon ... he was so well and in good spirits."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Rubens Barrichello , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari