After a near-death accident at July's Hungarian Grand Prix qualifiers, Ferrari driver Felipe Massa is rearing to get back on track. All he now needs is a titanium plate surgically inserted in his head to ensure he is fit to return to Formula One next year.
Massa said the titanium-infused plate was necessary to protect a weak spot caused by the initial surgery so that next season he will be ready to race again for Ferrari.
"I need surgery to close a bone in my head that they had taken away because it was completely damaged. A normal guy can live like this without any problem. But for a driver, if you have an accident and you have this problem, the recovery is more difficult," AAP quoted Massa, as saying.
"I'm going to Europe to use the simulator and drive some go-karts and then I will know very well if I'm 100 per cent," he added.
Despite his steely determination to return to Formula One, Massa is acutely aware of how lucky he was to survive the July crash in Budapest while qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.