Further to the revelation that he would test his fitness in a kart race in November, Ferrari has confirmed that Felipe Massa has been back in training for some time.
The Brazilian announced on Thursday that he intended to make his competitive comeback in an all-star event at the Florianopolis kart track in just over a month's time, prompting questions about the rate of his recovery to be directed at Scuderia team principal Stefano Domenicali during Friday's FIA press conference in Singapore.
Massa suffered life-threatening head injuries when he was hit on the head during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in late July, and has undergone several surgical procedures in the weeks since the accident. Questions about his eyesight - the major impact was just above his left eye - appear to have been resolved, with Massa initially contemplating a return at the Italian GP earlier this month.
The 28-year old subsequently decided against an early comeback, with Ferrari opting to sign veteran Giancarlo Fisichella through to the end of the season, and is now targeting a spot on the grid when the 2010 F1 campaign kicks off in Bahrain next March.
"Felipe is recovering quite well," Domenicali reported. "He has started a training programme in terms of fitness and again starting his preparation. The next step will be to start a programme on the simulator and then the programme will be to do some kart running. And, as soon as these things are fine, then we will decide when to put him back in a proper racing car."