Massa Gives First Interview Since Accident

Eight days after being hit by a spring coming from Rubens Barrichello's car during the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session, Felipe Massa gave his first exclusive interview to the media. The Brazilian driver spoke to Ferrari's official site only hours before leaving for Brazil on Sunday, saying that he wants to return to racing as soon as possible.

Massa started by thanking the doctors in Hungary for taking such good care of him in the following days after the accident, as well as his family, who stood by him throughout the duration of his hospitalization.

First of all I want to thank God. Then I want to thank the doctors at the race track and at Budapest's AEK hospital, who have done a lot for me, and Dino Altmann, who came with my family from Brazil and who was extraordinary over the last days."

I also want to thank everybody who prayed and who wrote to me via my own and Ferrari's website, hoping that everything went well. So many people wrote to me, also many who aren't interested in Formula 1, but had heard about what happened to me: thank you so much and I want to tell them that I'm praying also for them,” added Massa.

Massa also admitted he looks forward to getting back into the Ferrari cockpit as soon as possible, while also wishing his former teammate Michael Schumacher the best of luck replacing him.

Michael doesn't need my advice! It was him who gave me many tips during my career when we were racing together. He knows how to win, he knows how to drive and he's great: it was the best choice handing over the car to such a fantastic person and I'm sure that everybody will be happy to see him back on the track again. Although I hope I'll be back on the track with Ferrari as soon as possible,” added the Brazilian driver.

He left the AEK hospital in Budapest yesterday afternoon – in a private jet – with his wife Rafaela and personal doctor Dino Altman.
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