Ferrari to decide on Badoer's future soon

Ferrari to decide on Badoer's future soon

The recovering Massa meets renowned motor racing neurosurgeon Steve Olvey in Miami on Monday for further checks on the life-threatening head injury he suffered in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying last month.

Ferrari said a statement about that meeting was likely on Tuesday. Massa hopes to be able to race again at his home Grand Prix in October, but others have cautioned against him coming back so soon.

Test driver Badoer has replaced Massa in the last two races and crossed the line last in both. The next race is Ferrari's home Grand Prix at Monza on Sept 13. "With regard to what we are going to do for the next races, we will tell you in the next three days," Domenicali told reporters after Kimi Raikkonen took Ferrari's first win of the year at the Belgian Grand Prix.

"We will use all our consideration following the medical check that Felipe will do tomorrow, and then we will put on the table all the different things that are correct and have been considered and then we will make a decision."

Asked about the possible damage to Ferrari's image in sticking with a driver already nicknamed 'Look How Bad You Are' by the English-speaking media, Domenicali said the team needed to consider what was best for them.

"Ferrari does not want to be last in the race, that is for sure. But as we said, we need to put on the table all the considerations and then as soon as we have taken the decision we will keep you informed," he said. "We want to be strong as a team, as a driver and as a brand."

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, who finished second from pole position for Force India on Sunday, has been strongly linked with the drive but Domenicali refused to be drawn on the speculation, other than praising Fisichella's performance.

The driver, who has made clear that driving for Ferrari would be a dream come true, and Force India owner Vijay Mallya said there had so far been no approach from the champions. "Ferrari hasn't come to me, 'Fisi' hasn't come to me, his manager hasn't come to me," said Mallya. "This is all speculation.”

Fisichella added, “So far, I'm just concentrating for the next race with Force India unless they (Ferrari) are going to call me, but even if they do call me, there are many things to think about, so we will see."

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