Massa congratulates Barrichello on race win

Injured Felipe Massa apparently telephoned Valencia victor and compatriot Rubens Barrichello to congratulate him on his succcess at the weekend. Barrichello, who dedicated his win to his laid-up friend, was called after his debrief with the team by Massa, who was genuinely happy to see another Brazilian win.

“I followed the race also by my notebook, taking a close look at the live timing”, said Felipe.

“The last time a saw a Formula 1 race on TV was the Japanese GP back in 2003. It was the race that closed the calendar and I did not travel to Japan because I was Ferrari test driver at that time.

“I was with my fingers crossed all the time. Rubens did a fantastic job today. I was checking his lap times and I m sure he could win even without Hamilton s McLaren problem. He was amazingly quick in his second stint and did not commit any mistakes,” Massa was quoted as saying by the Ferrari website.

Massa’s extraordinary rate of recovery from open skull surgery has led to speculation that he could return to the cockpit as soon as the Brazilian Grand Prix. At Interlagos he and Barrichello are sure to receive heroes’ welcomes, regardless of what happens in the rest of the season.

His place at Ferrari, taken by Luca Badoer last weekend, may go to Englishman and Super Aguri refugee Anthony Davidson. Davidson was linked with the drive today by the Daily Telegraph, and apparently says he will contact Ferrari to notify them of his availability.