Recovering Massa in training for return

Updated: September 25, 2009, 12:45 PM ET
Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Felipe Massa has already started on a training program as he recovers from a life-threatening Formula One crash, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali told reporters Friday.

The Brazilian fractured his skull in July when a spring that flew off compatriot Rubens Barrichello's Brawn GP car hit him above his left eye during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old driver said Thursday he would race again at a popular kart event in Brazil in November, and Domenicali elaborated on the driver's progress after practice for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.

"Felipe is recovering quite well," he told reporters. "He has started a training program.

"The next step will be to start on the simulator and then to do some kart. When these things will be fine we will decide when to bring him back in a proper racing car."

Ferrari hired Italian Giancarlo Fisichella this month to replace Massa for the final five races of this season.

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