Felipe Massa is set to get back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car just 10 weeks after suffering the serious head injuries that almost ended his career.
Ferrari confirmed on Sunday that they had received permission from the FIA, motor racing's governing body, for him to test one of its cars.
Massa has been sidelined since he was knocked unconscious by a loose car part and crashed headlong into a safety barrier during qualifying the at Hungarian Grand Prix in July.
The Brazilian underwent surgery on the injured the area around his left eye and later had a metal plate inserted in his head.
He is currently reported to be making good progress on the road to recovery and last week raced a go-kart in his native Brazil.
With in-season testing banned in F1, Ferrari have been cleared to test an earlier-model car at Fiorano, using no parts from this season's F60 model.
Team principal Stefano Domenicali said a decision was yet to be made about when the tests would take place, although he is expected to use a Ferrari race simulator in the next week.
Domenicali ruled out any chance of Massa being fit enough to return in time for his home grand prix at Interlagos in Sao Paulo in two weeks.
The driver had hoped to make a return for the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP on Nov 1 but Domenicali said there was little chance of seeing him on the starting grid before next season.
"I don't know yet [when the test will be]," he told Autosport. "We will decide this week because Felipe will come to Maranello tomorrow.
"He will stay with the team this week, he will go and do some training in the simulator, physical training in Maranello, and then we will decide when to do this.
"Also, because it is compulsory, he has to do an FIA medical check before doing something. This is something we will decide this week.
"What I can say is that it is not planned to do any driving in Brazil. For Abu Dhabi it is very, very unlikely. The main target is Bahrain next year."
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