Felipe Massa arrived back at Maranello yesterday, some two months after the accident which threatened his career. The Brazilian is anxious to get back into a car and race again as soon as possible, but team boss Stefano Domenicali, who managed to beat most of the F1 paddock back to Europe by at least half a day, said again that the team is “not in a hurry”
Massa understandably wants to re-establish himself solidly at the team before Fernando Alonso arrives. The date of Alonso’s release from Renault has not yet been decided, but Ferrari would like it to be as soon after the final race as possible so he can begin work on the 2010 car. Under the new testing rules, Alonso will not be able to drive a Ferrari F1 car until February.
“Felipe has to get back on top,” said Domenicali “He has a demanding period ahead of him with constant activities, but he knows that we’re not in a hurry”.
In prospect for Massa these next two weeks, a lot of physical training, medical tests, meetings with the engineers with regard to next year’s car and a test at Fiorano in the F2007 F1 car. Ferrari confirmed yesterday that the test will not happen this week.
“I’m finally back home,” Massa told Ferrari’s official website. “This is my second family and I couldn’t wait to see them again, all the people I’ve been working with for many years and who have been close to me these days. Now I can really say that I start working again. There’s lots to do, but I’m happy. I like the way in Maranello.”