Ferrari's Felipe Massa has been passed fit by the FIA to return to the cockpit of a Formula One car on Monday, at a special one-day test with the F2007 at Fiorano. The Brazilian spent Friday and Saturday at the Pitié Salpetrière hospital in Paris where FIA's medical delegate Professor Jean-Charles Piette and his team conducted a series of neurological and ophthalmological tests.
Massa has been out of action ever since he was hit on the head by a loose spring during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 25, and had only recently returned to the wheel of a kart as part of his recuperation. He also spent time in Ferrari's simulator, preparing for next week's test return.
The medical exams carried out by the FIA found that Felipe has regained 100% vision in his left eye, after fears that the eye would be permanently damaged having been hit in the eyebrow by the spring from Rubens Barrichello's Brawn.
Felipe has now returned to Maranello in preparation for Monday's test. The run in the F2007 with GP2-spec tyres is likely to prove crucial in assessing his chances of making a race return at next month's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, although it is most likely he will have to wait until the start of the 2010 season in Bahrain.