Felipe Massa says he understands how severe his Hungaroring accident was, but remains determined to race again at the earliest opportunity.
The Ferrari driver is set to be released from hospital in Budapest tomorrow as he continues to recover from the head injuries he sustained when he was struck by a spring that had detached from Rubens Barrichello's car in qualifying last Saturday.
"I know I'm lucky to be alive -- I don't remember anything about the accident but I will race again," Massa told the News of the World
. He added that he had been extremely confused when he was woken from the induced coma he had been placed in following his surgery, but that when he heard how the Hungarian Grand Prix had unfolded he was confident he could have won.
"When I woke up I didn't know why I was in hospital, so I was asking, 'Why am I here?'" Massa said. "I was pulling all the tubes and Eduardo, my brother, tried to stop me -- so we had a fight.
"The accident was so unlucky but I know I'm lucky to be alive. I don't remember anything of what happened.
"It was my race, so when I awoke from the coma I couldn't believe it when they told me Lewis [Hamilton] had won and Kimi [Raikkonen] was second."
Massa was visited in hospital yesterday by his friend and former team-mate Michael Schumacher, who is making a surprise Formula 1 comeback to deputise for him at Ferrari while he recovers. Schumacher said he had been pleasantly surprised by how quickly Massa's condition had improved.
"It was good to finally see Felipe, I feel better now," said Schumacher. "Although I've been constantly in contact with him through Nicolas and Jean [Todt] and I always knew everything, it's always better to see things with your own eyes.
"I'm surprised by how good his condition is, considering that the accident happened last week. We've been together and spoke a bit about everything. I feel really relieved now."