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Massa to return to Budapest hospital to ‘say hello’

The day after Sunday’s German grand prix will mark one year since Felipe Massa’s horror qualifying crash in Hungary.

On Saturday at Hockenheim, the 29-year-old Brazilian said he “definitely” feels the significance of qualifying in the top three on the eve of the anniversary of a difficult chapter in his life.

“It was a very difficult time for me,” he told reporters in Germany.

“Somebody was saying that I still need to be here, so I’m here, very happy and working, still doing my job and let’s go back to Hungary and let’s try to achieve a good result there,” added Massa.

Immediately after Sunday’s race, the F1 circus will travel to the Hungaroring, and Massa plans also to return to the AEK hospital in Budapest.

“It will be important on a personal level,” Massa confirmed.

“They took good care of me and I want to say hello to everyone and enjoy a conversation with them.

“If that sounds emotional, it is, because what happened to me last year was a significant moment in my life, a big thing and in one way very special from a human point of view,” he said.