Massa to Wave the Chequered Flag at the Brazilian GP

Felipe Massa will return to the Formula One paddock from as early as the upcoming Brazilian Grand Prix. However, his home fans will not get to see the Brazilian driver get behind the wheel of the Ferrari F60 that weekend, but waving the chequered flag at the end of the Interlagos race.

The 28-year old driver returned to Maranello this week, following more than 2 months of recuperation after his dramatic accident in the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying session. Massa recovered from severe skull injuries after being hit at over 100 mph by a piece of Rubens Barrichello's car and will miss out the entire 2009 season.

Although he hinted that his return to the series might happen a lot sooner than the 2010 season opener – meaning at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this year – Massa confirmed he will travel to his native Brazil two weekends from now in order to greet the winner of that event.

Felipe Massa is 2-time winner of his home event, both times in a Ferrari. He had a great chance of making it 3 in a row hadn't it been for the help he provided his teammate Kimi Raikkonen back in 2007 in order for the Finn to secure his first and only world title. Last year, in one of the sports most dramatic finales, Massa crossed the finish line in 1st place and as a world champion, before Lewis Hamilton snatched 5th place in the very last corner of the race.

Prior to his leaving Maranello for Sao Paolo, Massa is scheduled to test a Formula One car for the first time since his accident. The Brazilian driver is to get behind the wheel of a 2-year old Ferrari – fitted with GP2-spec tires – next week, in a test already approved by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

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