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Massa's doctor expects full recovery

July 31, 2009 10:25 IST

Injured Formula One driver Felipe Massa is up and about and expected to make a full recovery from Saturday's accident but will remain in a Budapest hospital for now, his personal physician said.

"He looks like a boxer but he's eating well, walking about, taking showers," state news agency MTI quoted Dino Altmann as saying on Thursday.

Massa, 28, fractured his skull in an accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix when he was hit just above his left eye by a bouncing spring, weighing almost a kilo, that broke free from fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello's Brawn car.

He spent several days in an induced coma and on a respirator but was released from the intensive care unit on Wednesday.

Altmann added that Massa has even been able to joke around and when he heard that seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher would come out of retirement to take his spot at Ferrari, he said: "Let's see if I let him."

Altmann said that Massa, last year's championship runner-up, would stay in the Hungarian hospital for now and would eventually be flown straight home.

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