Massa upbeat after return to F1 testing

FERRARI&rsquo;S Felipe Massa yesterday took the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time since his horror smash but admits his competitive return will have to wait until next season.<br /><br />The Brazilian reached another milestone in his recuperation from July&rsquo;s life-threatening accident in Hungary, which fractured his skull and rendered him comatose, by taking part in an informal test session in Italy.<br /><br />Massa, 28, completed several laps of the Fiorano circuit in a two-year-old Ferrari F2007 fitted with GP2 tyres, and immediately declared that he felt as good as he did before his crash.<br /><br />&ldquo;When I was inside the car it was as if nothing had happened: I&rsquo;m the same bastard as before,&rdquo; said Massa.<br /><br />&ldquo;Everything went well, I felt very good physically, it felt like the crash from 25 July had never occurred. I haven&rsquo;t had any eyesight problem and today I&rsquo;d be ready to do not just one, but two races in a row.<br /><br />&ldquo;Obviously we need to respect the doctors&rsquo; limitation as a precaution, but after getting in the car, I can say I&rsquo;m back to what I was before the crash.&rdquo;<br /><br />Massa had held out faint hope of returning to racing for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 1 November. <br /><br />But with stringent medical checks still to be carried out and no title challenge at stake, Ferrari have said he will not risk racing before 2010.<br /><br />&ldquo;We can start preparing for next year, which won&rsquo;t be an easy year because this one has been hard, and work to have a good car and fight for the championship,&rdquo; Massa added.<br /><br />Ferrari said in a statement on Sunday night: &ldquo;Talk of a proper return to Formula One can wait until 2010 and only then will the required medical checks be carried out.&rdquo;<br /><br />Massa&rsquo;s crash came in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, when a spring hit his helmet at 160mph.<br />