Ferrari's Felipe Massa has denied reports that he needs glasses to drive a Formula One car.
The Brazillian's eyesight has been under scrutiny following a near-death accident last season when a suspension spring from Barichello's car hit his helmet during the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, although medical reports have shown that his eyesight was back to normal by the end of last year.
However, Massa has been spotted recently wearing glasses at night while driving his own car, but insisted that it was purely to protect his sight for the future.
Speaking on the official Ferrari website Massa said, "I just have a little bit of myopia (short-sightedness), so I just wear them when I'm driving in the evening and when I'm watching a movie. I prefer to read better what's written on the screen. Usually for racing, also at night, it's OK,"
Massa missed the second half of the 2009 F1 season due to the accident which caused him a fractured skull, but has since raced karts and has been testing for Ferrari during the entire winter period, alongside new team mate Fernando Alonso. He will be hoping to challenge for the championship when the 2010 Formula One season starts in Bahrain in under 2 weeks time.
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I don't need glasses to race says Massa
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