Felipe Massa  Brazil

  • Full name Felipe Massa
  • Birth date April 25, 1981
  • Birthplace Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Current age 32 years 358 days
  • Height 1.66 m
  • Weight 59 kg
  • Current team Williams
  • Previous teams Ferrari, Sauber
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2014 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 16 Williams (FW36) ret 9
2 Malaysia Sepang March 30 Williams (FW36) 7 6 13
3 Bahrain BIC April 6 Williams (FW36) 7 6 7
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2002 Sauber 16 16 0 0 8 5 0 0 7 0 0 4 13
2004 Sauber 18 18 0 0 14 4 0 0 4 0 0 12 12
2005 Sauber 19 18 0 0 16 4 0 0 7 0 0 11 13
2006 Ferrari 18 18 2 7 16 1 3 7 1 2 0 80 3
2007 Ferrari 17 17 3 10 15 1 6 7 1 6 2 94 4
2008 Ferrari 18 18 6 10 16 1 6 10 1 3 2 97 2
2009 Ferrari 10 9 0 1 7 3 0 0 4 1 0 22 11
2010 Ferrari 19 19 0 5 18 2 0 1 2 0 0 144 6
2011 Ferrari 19 19 0 0 16 5 0 0 3 1 0 118 6
2012 Ferrari 20 20 0 2 19 2 0 0 3 0 0 122 7
2013 Ferrari 19 19 0 1 17 3 0 1 2 0 0 112 8
2014 Williams 3 3 0 0 2 7 0 0 7 0 0 12 11*
Total 196 194 11 36 164 1 15 26 1 13 4 828
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 3, 2002 Race results
Last race Bahrain Grand Prix BIC April 6, 2014 Race results
Profile
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Felipe Massa divides opinion in the F1 paddock, but after his loyalty to Ferrari and a strong finish to 2012 ensured he will remain on the grid in 2013, it will be his last with the Scuderia. His start to the 2012 season was abysmal, but he turned it around and by the end of the year was beginning to look like the Massa of 2008, who so nearly took the world title.

He started his career with eight years in karts before graduating to the Formula Chevrolet championship in Brazil in 1998, winning the championship the following year. A move to Europe followed in 2000 and he won the Italian Formula Renault and Eurocup series before going on to win the Euro F3000 championship in 2001 - his fourth title in three years. Riding on the momentum, Massa tested with the Sauber F1 team and was signed up for the 2002 season.

His driving was erratic in his debut year and he was advised to tame his talent as a Ferrari test driver the following season before returning to Sauber in 2004. Having smoothed off some of his rougher edges, he secured the services of Nicolas Todt (son of former Ferrari chief Jean Todt) as his manager, and was a regular points scorer for the Swiss squad. He was joined by Jacques Villeneuve in 2005 and, undaunted by having a former champion as a team-mate, consistently outperformed the Canadian.

He got his big break in 2006 when he rejoined Ferrari, this time as a race driver. Lining up alongside Michael Schumacher, he was able to show his raw speed and on occasion managed to leave the German trailing. Despite playing the dutiful No. 2 role, he was able to record his first grand prix win from pole position in Turkey and finished the season third in the standings.

Massa was paired Kimi Raikkonen for 2007 and made a promising start with two wins from the first four grands prix. His performances dwindled towards the end of the season, however, and he was able to win just once more. He could have been champion in 2008 but was let down by errors early in the season, both from himself and the team. He recorded his sixth win of the season in Brazil, but lost the championship to Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

After being so close to championship success, 2009 was a let down. The Ferrari package was initially uncompetitive and then a freak accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix brought an abrupt halt to his season and almost his life.

Over the next three years he was comprehensively outperformed by his new team-mate Fernando Alonso and many blamed his accident for his drop in form. By the start of 2012 he was struggling for points and confidence as Alonso led the title chase, but by the end of the year he improved and even outshone the Spaniard on occasion. Despite pressure to replace him for 2013, Ferrari stuck by its man and signed Massa up for an eighth consecutive season.

However, Massa couldn't reproduce that form and again struggled alongside Alonso. Ferrari finally ran out of patience and Massa himself announced he would not be retained by the team in 2014. He wasn't without a drive for long, though, as he completed a deal with Williams for the following year before the season was out.

Strengths and Weaknesses
Certain circuits seem to suit Massa and on those he is all but unbeatable given a competitive car. He does, however, remain prone to rookie mistakes and easily becomes demotivated.

Career High
While he lost the championship to Lewis Hamilton at his home race at Interlagos in 2008, his victory and attitude in defeat characterised Massa as the gentleman of F1.

Career Low
Being ordered by his long-time race engineer and close friend to move over and allow Fernando Alonso to win the 2010 German Grand Prix.

Quotes
"If my weekend begins well, I use the same underpants on Saturday. If that is also a good day, I wear them on Sunday. That is what I did in Brazil."

"What I don't quite understand is how Massa gets the lap times he does when he so often misses the apexes of the corners. What really does impress me is the fact that he displays a determination not to be counted out, or overlooked, when it comes to fighting for the world championship." Damon Hill.

Trivia
In May 2007 Felipe's underwear sold at auction for just under US $775. It's an urban myth that Massa had his first experience of F1 aged seven - when he delivered pizzas to the Brazilian Grand Prix. He clarified the truth recently, he was actually 17.

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