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Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa 2008 Algarve.jpg
Massa at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve
Nationality  Brazilian
Formula One World Championship career
Current team Ferrari
Car # 7
Races 117 (115 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 11
Podiums 29
Career points 338
Pole positions 15
Fastest laps 12
First race 2002 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2006 Turkish Grand Prix
Last win 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix
2009 position 11th (22 pts)

Felipe Massa (born 25 April 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver. He finished a close second in the 2008 Drivers' World Championship, and is under contract to race for Scuderia Ferrari until the end of the 2010 season.[1] During the 2009 season, Luca Badoer replaced Massa in rounds 11 and 12, followed by Giancarlo Fisichella for rounds 13 to 17, after Massa's head injury in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Early years

Born in São Paulo, Massa is a Brazilian whose grandfather emigrated from Cerignola, Italy.

Massa began karting when he was 8 years old, finishing fourth in his first season. He continued in national and international championships for 7 years, and in 1998 moved into Formula Chevrolet, finishing the Brazilian championship in fifth place. During the following season, he won 3 of the 10 races and claimed the championship. In 2000, he moved to Europe to compete in the Italian Formula Renault series, winning both the Italian and the European Formula Renault championships that year. He could have moved to Formula Three, but instead chose the Formula 3000 Euro-Series, where he won 6 of the 8 races and the championship. He was then offered a Formula 1 test with the Sauber team, who signed him for 2002. He also drove for Alfa Romeo in the European Touring Car Championship as a guest driver.

Formula One career

Sauber (2002, 2004–2005)

Massa driving for Sauber at the 2005 British Grand Prix

In his rookie year in Formula 1, Massa was paired with 1999 International Formula 3000 champion Nick Heidfeld. He proved he was a competitive driver, but made several mistakes, including spinning off the track several times. Nevertheless, Massa scored 4 championship points in his first season, his best result a 5th place at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya. He suffered a one race suspension late in the season, forcing him to miss the United States Grand Prix. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Sauber's former driver drove for Massa in his place. Massa returned to the driver's seat for the Japanese Grand Prix, but Sauber confirmed that Frentzen would partner Heidfeld in 2003, leaving Massa without a race seat. Instead, He spent a year with Sauber's engine suppliers, Ferrari, gaining experience by testing for the championship-winning team.

Sauber then re-signed Massa for the 2004 season. In 2004, he scored 12 of Sauber's 34 points, his best result was a fourth place at the Belgian Grand Prix. Giancarlo Fisichella scored the team's other 22 points. Massa remained at Sauber in 2005. Though he scored only 11 points, he outpaced his teammate Jacques Villeneuve through most of the season, and beat him in the drivers' championship. In 2006, Massa re-joined Ferrari, paired with Michael Schumacher.

Ferrari (2006–Present)

Massa celebrating victory at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix

2006

Massa started well at Ferrari, qualifying second at the opening race in Bahrain, and coming from 21st position to 5th in Malaysia, beating teammate Michael Schumacher, who had started from 14th. In Bahrain, however, in both Saturday practice and the race, Massa resumed his tendency to spin, narrowly missing Fernando Alonso, the eventual winner of the race. At the Australian GP he crashed his Ferrari in qualifying, then collided with Christian Klien and Nico Rosberg at the first corner of the race. Nevertheless, Massa scored his first career podium at the Nürburgring, finishing third behind Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. He also set the fastest lap at Barcelona in 2006. Massa had four more podium finishes in 2006, and took his first F1 pole position and his first F1 win at the Turkish Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park circuit. His future position at Ferrari was secured when Michael Schumacher announced on 10 September 2006, he would retire from F1 at the end of the 2006 season. On October 22, Massa won his home race at the Brazilian Grand Prix, making it the first time a Brazilian driver had won at Interlagos since Ayrton Senna in 1993. Massa finished the season third with 80 points, behind world champion Fernando Alonso and Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher.

2007

Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2007 United States Grand Prix
Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2007 British Grand Prix

Massa topped the time sheets on five occasions and set the fastest lap for four circuits during the 2007 pre-season testing. However, his 2007 season began with problems. At the season opening Australian Grand Prix, he suffered a gearbox problem during qualifying and required an engine change. Massa started the race from 22nd position due to these problems and a 10-grid-slot penalty for the engine change. He employed a one pitstop strategy for the race and finished in sixth place. Massa's problems continued in Malaysia, where despite qualifying on pole position, the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton overtook him at turn one. Massa ran off the track while attempting to overtake Hamilton, and lost two more places, dropping down to fifth place, where he finished the race. However, his season subsequently improved, as he won the Grands Prix of Bahrain and Spain, both from pole position, and finished third in Monaco. The race stewards at the Canadian Grand Prix disqualified Massa for leaving the pit lane while the red light was showing.[2] After this disqualification, he won one more race at the Turkish Grand Prix, and finished on the podium at six more races, including a second place finish at his home grand prix at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Massa led much of the Brazilian Grand Prix, until yielding the lead to teammate Kimi Räikkönen, thus securing Räikkönen's world championship title. Massa finished the 2007 season ranked fourth in the drivers' standing with 94 points.

In October 2007, Massa extended his contract with Ferrari to the end of 2010.[1]

2008

Massa endured a terrible first race weekend of his third year at Ferrari. The team, surprisingly, looked off the pace as Massa qualified fourth and his race was even less successful, spinning off at the first corner of the first lap, on lap 26 he collided with David Coulthard and eventually retired due to engine failure.

Things brightened up in Malaysia as he qualified on pole, half a second clear of Räikkönen in P2, but the race itself didn't go as well. Massa led from pole in the first 16 laps but was jumped by Räikkönen in the pitstops. He was still in contention for the victory battle and was chasing Räikkönen until he spun off on lap 31 while in second and retired.

After these two races people began to speculate that Massa had returned to his mistake-prone ways of when he first entered F1, and that he couldn't handle F1 cars without the help of traction control (which had been outlawed from the start of the 2008 season), but the next race put those thoughts on hold.

Massa went into the Bahrain Grand Prix (where he won in 2007) with no points. He dominated the weekend, but Robert Kubica beat him to pole in qualifying. In the start, Massa beat Kubica even before the first corner. Räikkönen soon got up to second but he could not do a repeat of Malaysia. Massa was quicker and easily won by 3 seconds to open up his account.[3]

In Spain, Massa qualified third behind Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso. He passed Alonso at the start and got up to second behind Räikkönen. He stayed on his teammate's shadow for the whole race, but there was no way he could pass or get ahead in the stops. He had to settle for second.

Massa took pole position at the next round at Turkey. He led from the start, and maintained the lead during the round of pitsops, but was passed by Lewis Hamilton's three-stopping McLaren at the start of the second stint. Hamilton pulled away, but he did not have the pace to take the lead that was needed to make his third stop and still come out ahead of Massa. Massa was a full 7 seconds up the road by then and took his second win of the season, and his third consecutive at the circuit.

At Monaco Massa qualified on pole, to his surprise (he had mentioned prior to the weekend that he did not like the circuit) and built up a 15-second lead over Räikkönen in the rain, before that advantage was wiped out by the safety car. Soon Räikkönen was out of contention with a drive-through penalty. After the safety car went, Massa again started pulling away from Robert Kubica, but he ran up an escape road and lost the lead. Massa did jump Kubica in the pitstops but Lewis Hamilton's one-stopping McLaren was by now way ahead of both of them. During the pitstops, Massa was fueled to the end of the race and was struggling, holding Kubica up. The track dried out and Massa had to pit for dries while Kubica took his second fuel stop at the same time and jumped him. Massa thus finished third behind Hamilton and Kubica.

Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix

In the Canadian Grand Prix, Massa qualified down in 6th place. In the race there was a safety car due to an incident involving Adrian Sutil. All drivers pitted, but Massa had to pit twice due to a delay with his fuel rig, which put him down to 17th. Massa then staged a fightback, charging back up to fifth place by the end of the race. Two of Massa's title contenders failed to finish after Hamilton collided with a stationary Räikkönen in the pitlane, allowing Massa to equal Hamilton and jump ahead of Räikkönen in the driver standings.

In the French Grand Prix, Massa qualified 2nd on the grid behind his teammate Räikkönen. Massa stayed some 3 to 4 seconds behind his teammate for the first half of the race. However, Räikkönen had a developing problem in his exhaust system, which allowed Massa to overtake him and win the race. This win gave Massa lead in the championship, 2 points ahead of Robert Kubica, 5 points ahead of Räikkönen and 10 points ahead of Hamilton. Massa was the first Brazilian to lead the championship since Ayrton Senna in the 1993 Formula One season.

In the British Grand Prix, Massa set the quickest time in 1st practice but immediately crashed. Things did not go any better during the rest of the weekend, as he had his season's worst qualifying down in 9th. In the wet race, while Hamilton dominated and Räikkönen finished fourth, things made a turn for the worse as he spun an embarrassing five times and finished last in 13th, over a lap down behind both his rivals. And so, at the end of the halfway stage of the season, Hamilton, Massa and Räikkönen were deadlocked on 48 points, with Robert Kubica only 2 points behind them.

The tenth round of the season was in Germany. Massa qualified 2nd behind Hamilton. He stayed second and was set to finish there until a crash involving Timo Glock brought out the safety car. Due to a miscommunication, Hamilton stayed out while the others, led by Massa pitted. However, when all the stops were over, Massa was behind Nelson Piquet, Jr. who had already pitted as he was on a one-stopper. Then, when a charging Hamilton came at him in the last 10 laps, Massa could not hold him off and subsequently finished third. After the race, Massa was 4 points behind Hamilton but 3 ahead of Räikkönen.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix, the McLarens who were looking dominant locked out the front row, and the best Massa could get was third. However, at the start itself, Massa passed both Heikki Kovalainen and pole sitter Hamilton on the run down to the first corner. He had the race in control from that point, and built up a five-second lead over Hamilton. When Hamilton suffered a puncture, Massa was left 20 seconds in front and seemed to have victory in the bag, but with 3 laps remaining he suffered an engine failure and retired.

The twelfth round of the season, the European Grand Prix was in Valencia, Spain. Massa took pole position comfortably at this new circuit, and led right from the start. However, during one of his pitstops he was released early and almost touched wheels with Adrian Sutil who was already coming down the pitlane. Massa let Sutil go ahead so it only cost him a second, he won with ease, including setting the fastest lap. After the race, the stewards decided to fine Massa €10,000 for the incident with Sutil, but the victory stood and he was only 6 points behind Hamilton as well as being 7 ahead of Räikkönen. The race was Massa's 100th Grand Prix entry, making him to date the only driver in history to win his 100th GP.

The next race was Belgium, Massa qualified second behind Hamilton. He lost a place at the start to Räikkönen and stayed in third until lap 42 of 44 when Hamilton passed Räikkönen for the lead, just after cutting a chicane. The two had more battles throughout that lap, which resulted in the Finn crashing out, promoting Massa to second, despite the Brazilian dropping 9 seconds on the last lap. Hamilton crossed the line first, but was penalised 25 seconds by the stewards after the race for cutting the chicane, and so the win went to Massa putting him only 2 points behind Hamilton.

At Italy Ferrari's home race, the weekend was wet throughout, and Massa was off form, qualifying only sixth, but he had a great chance to take the championship lead as Hamilton was down in 15th. During the race, Massa got up to third, but dropped back down to sixth after he pitted once more than most others. He finished there, but as Hamilton only finished seventh, there was only a 1 point gap now between them.

Massa took pole position for what was the first ever F1 night race and inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, beating Hamilton's best time by six tenths of a second. He maintained the lead at the start and after 14 laps, was over 5 seconds ahead of Hamilton. However, a crash for Nelson Piquet, Jr. brought out the safety car, bunching up all the cars. It was then time for the first round of stops and during his stop Massa was given the green light to go, but the refueller was still refuelling the car. Massa left with the fuel rig attached and so had to stop at the end of the pitlane. The mechanics ran the whole length of the pitlane and finally removed the rig, but Massa was now last. He was then given a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release, and was 15 seconds behind the rest of the field. His race ruined, he finished 13th and Hamilton who finished 3rd was now 7 points ahead of him.

At the Japanese Grand Prix Massa struggled in qualifying, having to settle for 5th on the grid. Meanwhile, Hamilton, his main rival took pole position.[4] At the start there was an incident between Hamilton and Räikkönen, dropping the former to sixth. Massa stayed fifth, a place in front of his rival. On the second lap, as Massa was stuck behind the slower car of Jarno Trulli, Hamilton tried to pass him. The result was a collision, with Hamilton spinning down to the back, and Massa dropping down to seventh. He was given a drive-through penalty for the incident, and found himself down in 14th. He made a charge up the order, setting the fastest lap on his way to getting 8th and one point. This became seventh after a controversial 25-second time penalty was issued to Sébastien Bourdais, who was judged by the stewards to have caused a collision with Massa whilst exiting the pitlane.[5]

At the Chinese Grand Prix the following week Massa and teammate Räikkönen, despite strong performances at Fuji, struggled for pace the entire weekend, a situation which Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari team principal) could not explain.[6] Massa qualified 3rd behind Räikkönen's Ferrari and title rival Hamilton. Following the pattern of the weekend Massa struggled to keep up with Hamilton, who raced away and maintained a comfortable margin. Whilst he eventually found some speed after the graining period on the medium compound tyres, he was unable to catch Hamilton. As Räikkönen yielded second place to keep Massa's title hopes alive, Hamilton pulled his lead out to 7 points in the Drivers championship.

Massa remained optimistic stating "For sure we are in a difficult position but we know many things can happen in one race"[7] and "Always when you play at home you usually play better",[7] as the last two years he finished strongly at Interlagos (a 1st in 2006 and a 2nd in 2007). At the last race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix the situation for Ferrari was: Felipe Massa was seven points behind Lewis Hamilton, meaning that Massa had to either finish first or second to win, and Hamilton had to be outside the top 5 - the same position Räikkönen had been in a year earlier, when he won the championship.

Qualifying went well, Massa qualifying on pole, while Räikkönen qualified 3rd, just ahead of Hamilton. There was a rainshower just before the start of the race, and thus all drivers started on intermediates. Massa maintained the lead, and after 10 laps everyone had to change to drys on a drying track. Although the order was shuffled, Massa still led. He dominated the rest of the race, set the fastest lap and won by 13 seconds even though everyone had to change to intermediates after a late rainshower. Hamilton, meanwhile, struggled for pace. He was lying fourth for most of the race until the late shower, behind Massa, Alonso and Räikkönen. During the late shower, Timo Glock gambled on staying out on drys. He was fourth with Hamilton fifth. With three laps to go, Massa still led with Hamilton 5th. If the race stayed as it was Hamilton would win the Championship. Then Hamilton, having made a mistake, was passed by Sebastian Vettel, demoting him to 6th. Going into the last lap, if the order stayed as it was, then Massa would have been champion. Massa crossed the chequered flag and thought that he had won the championship. Hamilton was still sixth as he came up to the second-to-last corner, but then passed Glock who had just been overtaken by Vettel and who was struggling for grip on his dry tyres, and so this moved him into 5th place. Crossing the line Hamilton won the Drivers title by a just a single point. If he had tied points with Massa, by virtue of 6 victories to 5 in the season, Massa would have won the title.

Following the 2008 seasons F1.com called Massa "no more the nearly man"[8] and emphatically stating he is "No more the Ferrari number two, Massa is now a contender".[8] His maturity was also praised by Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, commenting "I can only imagine how painful that moment must have been for him. However, I would like to give him my very special compliments, not only for dominating the running out there on the track in front of his fans, proving he is worthy indeed of the world title, but also for his maturity and sportsmanship off the track. He's a great champion and a great man."[9]

During the course of the season, Massa had 6 pole positions - at the Malaysian, Turkish, Monaco, European, Singapore and Brazilian Grands Prix. He had 3 fastest laps - at the European, Japanese and Brazilian Grands Prix. He had 6 wins - at the Bahrain, Turkish, French, European, Belgian and the Brazilian Grands Prix.

2009

Felipe Massa gave Ferrari's 2009 challenger - the F60 its shakedown test at Mugello on 12 January 2009.

Ferrari confirmed that it would equip the F60 with KERS several days before the season opening Australian Grand Prix. Friday practice session did not begin so well for Massa as he recorded the 7th and 10th fastest times. Saturday qualifying fared little better as he lined up 7th (although was promoted to 6th as Glock's Toyota was disqualified). In the race the Ferrari's poor ability to handle its tyres lead to their aggressive race strategy of super soft/medium/medium compounds paying little dividends after the first 6 laps (where the Ferraris moved to the front of the pack). Although Massa managed to stay in the top 3 for the first half of the race, the exceptionally quick graining of the super soft tyres forced him into a 3 stop strategy. Before he was able to complete the race a mechanical problem forced him to retire.

In Malaysia, an error of judgement by Ferrari meant that Massa failed to make it through the first session of qualifying. In an interview to Globo TV, Massa revealed that he and the team believed that his initial time was quick enough to proceed into Q2, and refrained from recording further times in order to conserve the car's engine. However, this was not the case, and Massa subsequently ended up in 16th for the race.[10][11] In the race, Massa was classified as having finished in 9th, just outside of the points-paying positions, after the race was abandoned on the 33rd lap due to torrential rain, poor light, and timing delays. Massa also failed to score in the next two races, retiring from the Chinese Grand Prix with electrical problems, and finishing well outside of the point scoring positions in 14th in Bahrain, due to a KERS problem and damaging his car's front-wing on the first lap.

In Spain, Ferrari arrived with an upgraded car which attempted to fix many of the flaws present in the prior races. With the new aerodynamic parts, Massa managed to qualify in fourth place. He managed to maintain third position for a majority of the race before a computer issue showed the car as having less fuel than it should have, forcing him to conserve fuel in the final 10 laps, allowing Vettel and Alonso to cruise past, only for him to realise that the car had enough fuel for him not to need to conserve, after the race. The much upgraded car showed its pace by setting the third fastest time of the race after the two Brawns and in front of both Red Bull cars.

Monaco was another step in terms of improvement for the car as Massa finished fourth in the race, with fastest race lap. After qualifying a disappointing 8th, Massa produced a mistake free drive to net his first podium position of the season with a 3rd place at the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. After making a great start to 4th place, he used his fuel strategy while defending from other drivers and looking after his tyres to take the final podium place.

Injury

On 25 July 2009, in the second round of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, Massa was struck on the helmet by a suspension spring that had fallen from Rubens Barrichello's Brawn, on a high-speed part of the track. He subsequently crashed head-on into a tyre barrier. Massa was airlifted to the ÁEK hospital in Budapest, where he underwent surgery in the area surrounding his left eye.[12] His condition was initially described as "life-threatening but stable",[13] but improved rapidly. Massa was discharged from hospital the following week and returned to Brazil.[14] After further tests it was decided Massa needed a titanium plate inserted into his skull to strengthen it for racing. Ferrari consultant and seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher was asked to take over Massa's race seat during his recovery,[15] but his comeback was halted by neck injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident earlier in the year.[16] Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer was confirmed as Massa's substitute for the European and Belgian Grands Prix.[17] After two races in which Badoer failed to score a single point, on September 3, 2009 Ferrari announced that Massa's place for the rest of the season would instead be taken by Giancarlo Fisichella who had driven for Force India throughout the 2009 season.[18]

Massa driving for Ferrari at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix.

As part of his return to Formula One Massa undertook a series of neurological examinations, co-ordinated by the FIA's medical delegate, in Paris on 10 October 2009. The successful completion of these tests led to the announcement by Ferrari that Massa would, from 12 October 2009 be driving a 2007 Formula One car in order to continue re-acclimatising to racing.[19] He waved the chequered flag at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix.

2010

Massa started the 2010 season with a second place finish in Bahrain behind team-mate Fernando Alonso, despite having to save fuel in the last 22 laps.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1998 Formula Chevrolet Brazil  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 5th
1999 Formula Chevrolet Brazil Team Mastercard[20] 10 3  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Cram Competition 9 3  ?  ? 4 140 1st
Formula Renault 2000 Italy Cram Competition 8 4 4 3 5 147 1st
2001 Euro Formula 3000 Draco Junior Team 8 6 6 5 6 60 1st
European Supertouring Championship Team Nordauto 4 0 0 0 0 71 23rd
24 Hours of Sicily  ? 1 0 0 0 2 N/A 2nd
2002 Formula One Sauber Petronas 16 0 0 0 0 4 13th
2004 Formula One Sauber Petronas 18 0 0 0 0 12 12th
2005 Formula One Sauber Petronas 19 0 0 0 0 11 13th
2006 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 2 3 2 7 80 3rd
2007 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 3 6 6 10 94 4th
2008 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 6 6 3 10 97 2nd
2009 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 10 0 0 1 1 22 11th
2010 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 1 0 0 0 1 18* 2nd*

* Season in progress.

Complete Euro Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2001 Draco Junior Team VLL
1
PER
1
MOZ
1
DON
8
ZOL
Ret
IMO
1
NÜR
1
VAL
1
1st 60

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2002 Sauber Petronas Sauber C21 Petronas 02A 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
6
BRA
Ret
SMR
8
ESP
5
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
9
EUR
6
GBR
9
FRA
Ret
GER
7
HUN
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
JPN
Ret
13th 4
2004 Sauber Petronas Sauber C23 Petronas 04A 3.0 V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
8
BHR
12
SMR
10
ESP
9
MON
5
EUR
9
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
13
GBR
9
GER
13
HUN
Ret
BEL
4
ITA
12
CHN
8
JPN
9
BRA
8
12th 12
2005 Sauber Petronas Sauber C24 Petronas 05A 3.0 V10 AUS
10
MAL
10
BHR
7
SMR
10
ESP
11
MON
9
EUR
14
CAN
4
USA
DNS
FRA
Ret
GBR
10
GER
8
HUN
14
TUR
Ret
ITA
9
BEL
10
BRA
11
JPN
10
CHN
6
13th 11
2006 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
9
MAL
5
AUS
Ret
SMR
4
EUR
3
ESP
4
MON
9
GBR
5
CAN
5
USA
2
FRA
3
GER
2
HUN
7
TUR
1
ITA
9
CHN
Ret
JPN
2
BRA
1
3rd 80
2007 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
6
MAL
5
BHR
1
ESP
1
MON
3
CAN
DSQ
USA
3
FRA
2
GBR
5
EUR
2
HUN
13
TUR
1
ITA
Ret
BEL
2
JPN
6
CHN
3
BRA
2
4th 94
2008 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
1
ESP
2
TUR
1
MON
3
CAN
5
FRA
1
GBR
13
GER
3
HUN
17
EUR
1
BEL
1
ITA
6
SIN
13
JPN
7
CHN
2
BRA
1
2nd 97
2009 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
9
CHN
Ret
BHR
14
ESP
6
MON
4
TUR
6
GBR
4
GER
3
HUN
DNS
EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN BRA ABU 11th 22
2010 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
2
AUS
MAL
CHN
ESP
MON
TUR
CAN
EUR
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
BRA
ABU
2nd* 18*

* Season in progress.

Personal life

Felipe Massa married Anna Raffaela Bassi on November 30, 2007, in São Paulo, Brazil.[21] The couple's first son, Felipinho (Felipe Bassi Massa), was born on November 30, 2009.[22]

Massa is a friend of Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille, who has dedicated several models of his watches to him (RM-005FM, RM-011).[23]

Nicolas Todt, son of Ferrari's past team principal and current FIA president Jean Todt, is Massa's manager.

Though Massa supports Brazilian football team São Paulo FC,[24] he also supports the Turkish football team Fenerbahçe that was formerly coached by Zico. On 24 August 2007, Massa said: "Zico was my childhood idol, Roberto Carlos is my best friend. I am a Fenerbahçe fan, because it is just like a Brazilian team. I love Turkey, as I won my first championship race in Turkey, it has special value for me."[25]

Massa holds a charity kart race, Desafio Internacional das Estrelas (International Challenge of the Stars) every year since 2005.[26] Notably, many active top level Brazilian drivers have competed in the event, such as Formula One drivers Rubens Barrichello and Nelson Piquet, Jr., drivers who competed in American open wheel events such as Tony Kanaan, Mario Moraes, Felipe Giaffone, Vitor Meira, Roberto Moreno, and Gil de Ferran, and Stock Car Brasil champion Cacá Bueno.[27] In addition, Brazilian motorcycle racer Alex Barros has competed. Michael Schumacher and Luca Badoer joined the Brazilian contingent in 2007.[27] Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jeff Gordon have also participated.

See also

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gianmaria Bruni
Eurocup Formula Renault champion
2000
Succeeded by
Augusto Farfus
Preceded by
none
Italian Formula Renault champion
2000
Succeeded by
Ryan Briscoe
Preceded by
Ricardo Sperafico
Euro Formula 3000 champion
2001
Succeeded by
Jaime Melo
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mark Webber
Lorenzo Bandini Trophy
2007
Succeeded by
Robert Kubica

Simple English

Felipe Massa
File:Felipe Massa 2010
Massa at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Nationality Brazilian
Date of birth 25 April 1981 (1981-04-25) (age 29)
Formula One World Championship career
2011 team Ferrari
2011 car # 6
Races 135 (133 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 11
Podiums 33
Career points 464
Pole positions 15
Fastest laps 12
First race 2002 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2006 Turkish Grand Prix
Last win 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2010 position 6th (144 points)

Felipe Massa (born April 25, 1981 in São Paulo) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver. In the 2008 racing season he was working for the Ferrari team. His contract allows him to continue driving for that racing team until 2010. In 2008 he is a co-driver of Kimi Räikkönen. Massa was hurt in the 2009 Grand Prix of Hungary qualifying session. He missed the remainder of the 2009 season, but was back for the 2010 season.

Contents

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
1998 Formula Chevrolet Brazil  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 5th
1999 Formula Chevrolet Brazil Team Mastercard[1] 10 3  ?  ?  ?  ? 1st
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Cram Competition 9 3  ?  ? 4 140 1st
Formula Renault 2000 Italy Cram Competition 8 4 4 3 5 147 1st
2001 Euro Formula 3000 Draco Junior Team 8 6 6 5 6 60 1st
European Supertouring Championship Team Nordauto 4 0 0 0 0 71 23rd
24 Hours of Sicily  ? 1 0 0 0 2 N/A 2nd
2002 Formula One Sauber Petronas 16 0 0 0 0 4 13th
2003 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Test Driver
2004 Formula One Sauber Petronas 18 0 0 0 0 12 12th
2005 Formula One Sauber Petronas 19 0 0 0 0 11 13th
2006 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 2 3 2 7 80 3rd
2007 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 17 3 6 6 10 94 4th
2008 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 18 6 6 3 10 97 2nd
2009 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 10 0 0 1 1 22 11th
2010 Formula One Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro 19 0 0 0 5 144 6th

* Season in progress.

Complete Euro Formula 3000 results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2001 Draco Junior Team VLL
1
PER
1
MOZ
1
DON
8
ZOL
Ret
IMO
1
NÜR
1
VAL
1
1st 60

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 WDC Points
2002 Sauber Petronas Sauber C21 Petronas 02A 3.0 L V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
6
BRA
Ret
SMR
8
ESP
5
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
9
EUR
6
GBR
9
FRA
Ret
GER
7
HUN
7
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
USA
JPN
Ret
13th 4
2004 Sauber Petronas Sauber C23 Petronas 04A 3.0 L V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
8
BHR
12
SMR
10
ESP
9
MON
5
EUR
9
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
13
GBR
9
GER
13
HUN
Ret
BEL
4
ITA
12
CHN
8
JPN
9
BRA
8
12th 12
2005 Sauber Petronas Sauber C24 Petronas 05A 3.0 L V10 AUS
10
MAL
10
BHR
7
SMR
10
ESP
11
MON
9
EUR
14
CAN
4
USA
DNS
FRA
Ret
GBR
10
GER
8
HUN
14
TUR
Ret
ITA
9
BEL
10
BRA
11
JPN
10
CHN
6
13th 11
2006 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 248 F1 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 BHR
9
MAL
5
AUS
Ret
SMR
4
EUR
3
ESP
4
MON
9
GBR
5
CAN
5
USA
2
FRA
3
GER
2
HUN
7
TUR
1
ITA
9
CHN
Ret
JPN
2
BRA
1
3rd 80
2007 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2007 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
6
MAL
5
BHR
1
ESP
1
MON
3
CAN
DSQ
USA
3
FRA
2
GBR
5
EUR
2
HUN
13
TUR
1
ITA
Ret
BEL
2
JPN
6
CHN
3
BRA
2
4th 94
2008 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
Ret
BHR
1
ESP
2
TUR
1
MON
3
CAN
5
FRA
1
GBR
13
GER
3
HUN
17
EUR
1
BEL
1
ITA
6
SIN
13
JPN
7
CHN
2
BRA
1
2nd 97
2009 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F60 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
9
CHN
Ret
BHR
14
ESP
6
MON
4
TUR
6
GBR
4
GER
3
HUN
DNS
EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN BRA ABU 11th 22
2010 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2.4 L V8 BHR
2
AUS
3
MAL
7
CHN
9
ESP
6
MON
4
TUR
7
CAN
15
EUR
11
GBR
15
GER
2
HUN
4
BEL
4
ITA
3
SIN
8
JPN
Ret
KOR
3
BRA
15
ABU
10
6th 144
2011 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari Ferrari 2.4 L V8 BHR
AUS
MAL
CHN
TUR
ESP
MON
CAN
EUR
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
IND
ABU
BRA
NC 0

* Season in progress.

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