Doctor Dino Altman said the Brazilian has already opened his eyes and sees perfectly with both of them, but reckoned further evaluations on the eye damage are still under way. Asked by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport to give his personal verdict on Massa's F1 prospects, Altman was nothing but optimistic.
“Stimulated by the physiotherapist, he showed he knows left from right and he has full awareness of distance and depth. And his memory loss regards a short time. His eye has been opened, with care because it is still swollen, and he has said he can see. His vision has not weakened. I have no doubt Felipe will race again. I'm sure of that,” said the Italian doctor.
“The situation is still delicate, but I believe his life is not in danger anymore. From the beginning I felt that the trauma wasn't as extended as it was believed, but the improvements of the last hours have gone beyond our wildest expectations,” added Altman.
However, Massa's doctor was unable to predict the exact period of time Massa will need to make a full recovery. As latest reports suggest, his release from the AEK hospital in Budapest might take up to 10 days, but his return in the F1 cockpit is likely to take months.
Stefano Domenicali made sure, during his brief visit to Budapest, to let his driver know that his seat is as certain as sunshine for whenever he feels up to the task of rejoining the F1 field.
“I confirmed to him that we are looking forward to his return soon, that the car is his, and that as soon as he's ready he'll be back with us,” said the Ferrari boss.