Continued improvement in the condition of Felipe Massa will see the Brazilian leave intensive care in a Budapest hospital today as he continues to recover from his accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The latest statement from Ferrari has revealed that Massa has continued to make good progress after the incident in qualifying at the Hungaroring, where he was hit on the helmet by a spring that had broken off the Brawn GP car of countryman Rubens Barrichello.

Massa has undergone further tests and continued to communicate with those around him, while he has now also been able to take his first steps since the incident.

While expected to leave intensive care later today, Massa will remain at the AEK hospital for the next few days.

News that Massa has taken his first steps comes on the back of encouraging reports about the state of the eye injury which medics feared could have brought an end to his F1 career.

Having been able to open his left-eye, Massa was able to confirm that he could see with it, with personal doctor Dino Altman stating on Tuesday afternoon that there were a number of 'positive signs'.

"His condition is improving quickly and constantly," he said. "He is more and more awake and reactive.

"Felipe spoke to several people today, using three different languages, replying always in a coherent way. He's also progressing with his physiotherapy very well. He opened his left eye and confirmed that he can see with it.

"As far as the near future is concerned we have to be cautious, but I have to say that also today there are very positive signs."

Massa was also visited again by Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali who informed the driver that 'his red car will wait for him until he's ready to race again' and that the progress being made was 'incredible'.

Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo is due to visit Massa again later today.

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