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A victory of sorts for Felipe Massa
Oct 12, 2009, 6:07 PM

Today Felipe Massa did his first laps in a Formula 1 car since the horrific accident in July, which threatened his career.

Today Felipe Massa did his first laps in a Formula 1 car since the horrific accident in July, which threatened his career.

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The Brazilian drove a privately owned 2007 car, fitted with Bridgestone GP2 tyres and covered 100kms on the team's Fiorano test track, next to the factory in Maranello. He will do more laps tomorrow.

Ferrari described it as 'not a proper test', rather as 'a way to regain confidence with his natural habitat; the racetrack.'

But Massa's return is a victory in itself. He has overcome a savage accident which had the potential not only to destroy his career but to kill him and he has beaten the doubts, which must have plagued him as he emerged from his induced coma following surgery. He has proved that he will be back at 100% next season. It is another fantastic example from sport of the triumph of the human will over adversity.

He was hit in the head with a metal spring which was travelling towards him as he drove along at over 120mph.

“The moment I got into the car it was exactly like before the accident, as if nothing had happened,” he said. ”It was important to demonstrate to the people who work with me, that nothing has changed, that I can be competitive and that I can contribute to what will be the new car and to next year’s fight for the title.”

“I knew that everything was alright 95%, but after today I can even cancel the last 5% of doubt, I still might have had.”
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