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Brazilian Felipe Massa will be back behind the wheel of a Formula One car next week for tests in the 2007 Ferrari, less than three months after suffering a serious injury at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

“Early next week, maybe even on Monday, Felipe will finally get back on the track in a real Formula 1 single-seater, a F2007 with Bridgestone tyres used in GP2,” Ferrari said on their website.

The team had already indicated that Massa, who is recovering from a life-threatening head injury that he suffered in July when he was hit by bouncing debris during qualifying in Hungary, was close to getting back on the track.

He has not driven a Formula One car since the accident but arrived at Ferrari’s Maranello factory on Monday to improve his fitness and work in the race simulator.

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