Ferrari delay Felipe Massa return until 2010
Date published : 11 Oct 2009 - 19:28:14
Massa, who was badly injured in a freak accident during qualifying for this year's Hungarian Grand Prix, returns to the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time since July when he tests a F2007 at Fiorano this morning.
However, results from a medical in Paris last Friday, while "positive", preclude a return in 2009. "This is in no way a proper test session and looking at the stopwatch will not be on the agenda," said a Ferrari statement. "Talk of a proper return can wait until the start of the 2010 season." Toyota's Timo Glock, meanwhile, has been ruled out of Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix after it emerged that he cracked a vertebra during qualifying for the race in Japan 10 days ago.
The Northamptonshire circuit insists it is only interested in a long-term deal to stage the race.