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Massa could be out of hospital within 10 days

Felipe Massa, the Brazilian Formula One driver injured in a freak accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix last week, is reported to be recovering well and could be released from hospital in Budapest within 10 days.

The Ferrari driver suffered a fractured skull when he was hit by a spring weighing nearly one kilo which had come loose from Ruben's Barichello's Brawn GP car. Despite still being in a life threatening condition Peter Bazso, the head of the AEK hospital in Budapest, told reporters that Massa is recovering well.

"He's spending more and more time awake, talking to family and friends," Bazso said. "I would like to point out that although he's recovering, this is not the end of the story. He is still in a life-threatening condition. Of course, the danger is decreasing by the day."

Former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher had been rumoured to make a shock return to the sport as a temporary stand in for the recovering Massa. However, asked about the prospect of the German driver lining out in the Spanish Grand Prix on 23 August a spokeswoman for the Schumacher said: "Michael will not sit in a car in Valencia."

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