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Doctor: Massa headed home

7/31/2009 - Formula 1

BUDAPEST -- Injured Formula One driver
Felipe Massa is doing "very well" and will be flown back to
Brazil on Monday, his personal physician said on Friday.

"Felipe continues to improve. He is doing very well and we
already decided to go back home on Monday," physician
Dino Altman told reporters in front of Budapest's AEK military
hospital.

"I think this decision says all you need to know [about his
condition]," he added.

Altmann said Massa, last year's championship runner-up,
needs rest. The plan is that he will return to Formula One,
but no timetable has yet been set.

Altman said that Massa is "in a good mood and in good shape" and wants to race again as soon as possible.
He didn't reveal how long Massa's full recovery would take but said the Brazilian would not need "special treatment" to overcome his injuries.

Massa, 28, fractured his skull in an accident during
qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

He spent several days in an induced coma and on a respirator
but was released from an intensive care unit at the Budapest
hospital on Wednesday.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press was used in this report.