F1: Massa To Test, But Ferrari Rules Out Comeback At Abu Dhabi Photo:
Mike Stevens | Oct, 12 2009 | 0 Comments

FERRARI'S INJURED STAR, Felipe Massa, is to conduct a test in an F2007 at Fiorano overnight with many speculating a successful outcome could accelerate the Brazilian?s return to Formula 1.

Ferrari however has ruled out the possibility of Massa making a comeback at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.

The team said Massa will play no part in the final races of the season after an FIA medical examiner advised against the 2008 championship runner-up making a competitive return this season.

?Tomorrow's event is significant but in no way does it signify a return to competition in the near future,? a statement from the team said.

Ferrari said the test will instead act as an opportunity for Massa to reacclimatise to the physical strain of Formula 1 and rebuild his confidence.

?This is in no way a proper test session and looking at the stopwatch will not be on the agenda - there will be plenty of time for that in 2010, when, alongside Fernando Alonso, he will begin development work of the new single-seater,? the team said.

"It is simply an opportunity for Felipe to renew his acquaintance with his natural environment, namely the race track. The Brazilian driver will do a few laps at the wheel of a privately owned F2007, run by staff of Ferrari's F1 Clienti department.?


Meanwhile, Toyota?s Timo Glock will miss the Brazilian Grand Prix after medical tests revealed the German sustained cracked vertebrae as well as a severe cut to his leg from a heavy crash while qualifying at Suzuka.

While forced to bypass the Japanese Grand Prix, it was widely expected Glock would return to the grid for Sao Paolo. But further checks showed his injuries were more severe than first expected, forcing Toyota to replace him with Kamui Kobayashi this weekend.

Toyota team principal John Howett said: ?Obviously everyone in the team is very disappointed and feels for Timo.

"He will remain in Germany to recover and we hope he can recuperate in time for Abu Dhabi, although at this stage the situation is not clear."

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