Felipe Massa says Budapest will forever be a part of his personal history, as Formula 1 prepares to visit the circuit at which he was critically injured in 2009.
The Brazilian plans to visit circuit and hospital staff who aided his recovery from a damaged skull and brain concussion, suffered after being hit by a spring during qualifying. Massa says his recovery was "like a victory" which he shared with circuit and hospital staff, whom he hopes to visit ahead of this weekend's grand prix.
"Clearly, after what happened two years ago, Budapest and the Hungarian people are an important part of my personal history," Massa said. "Once again, I plan to meet the people who helped me through that difficult time, both at the track and at the hospital. I spent some time in Budapest and made a full recovery, which was like a victory for me and the people here felt part of that victory."
Massa predicts a good grand prix for the Hungarian fans, and said he expected conditions to suit Ferrari far more than the cold temperatures of the Nurburgring.
"On current form, we can be optimistic of having another positive weekend," he declared. "We will again have the Pirelli soft and super-soft tires, which we know suits our car best and, in Hungary, the hot temperatures will also be on our side.
"The Hungaroring race has sometimes been a bit processional; this year for sure there will be more overtaking. We continue to fight on a race-by-race basis, with the aim of winning as many as possible between now and the finale in Brazil, so I think the crowd can expect a good show."