Ferrari adviser and newly recommissioned Formula One race driver Michael Schumacher visited Felipe Massa on Saturday, a day after the seven-times world titlist began preparations to replace his Brazilian friend. Massa suffered head injuries a week...
Ferrari adviser and newly recommissioned Formula One race driver Michael Schumacher visited Felipe Massa on Saturday, a day after the seven-times world titlist began preparations to replace his Brazilian friend. Massa suffered head injuries a week ago in a high-speed crash during qualifying for the Grand Prix of Hungary and has been at a Budapest, Hungary, hospital since. He is expected to fly home to Sao Paulo on Monday.
Schumacher, 40, who Friday drove a 2007 Ferrari F1 car, was one of two Ferrari luminaries to visit Massa on Saturday. Former team manager, chief executive and board member Jean Todt also visited. Neither spoke to reporters. Todt is currently campaigning for the presidency of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), sanctioning body of international motorsport.
Massa's personal physician Dino Atlmann, who has spoken to reporters daily, reiterated that his patient's recovery continues apace. Altmann declined to speculate on when Massa might return to racing. Massa, 28, suffered a skull fracture and heavy bruising around his left eye when he was struck by debris dropped from another car. He underwent emergency surgery within hours of the accident.
"I'm not concerned about (the eye), it's OK," Altmann said. "It shouldn't be a problem. I should be more concerned about his brain, not his sight. He's doing very well in all aspects of his recovery."
Massa is expected to miss the remaining seven races of the season, the next of which is the Grand Prix of Europe, scheduled for Valencia, Spain, on Aug. 23.
World championship challenger Mark Webber of Red Bull told BBC Sport he thinks Schumacher will win a race this year. Webber is current runner-up in points standings to Brawn GP's Jenson Button, who won six of the season's first seven races. Bookmaker Sky Bet in the United Kingdom, where sports betting is legal, installed Schumacher at 10:1 odds to win the European Grand Prix and 4:1 odds to score points in each of the remaining races.