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Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa's Driver Bio

Years of service alongside some of the true greats of modern Formula One. Schumacher, Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have all had hugely successful campaigns alongside Felipe Massa in Ferrari. However, despite winning races and a strong show of speed and strategy Massa was always regarded as the second driver at Ferrari. Only 2008 opened the door for Massa to lead the team – when Raikkonen appeared distracted – to a bitter title fight against McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton eventually going the way to Hamilton despite Massa’s efforts.

The following season Massa sustained a life threatening head injury as he was struck on the visor by a stray spring whilst following a car. The injury left Massa critical before making a gentle return to F1 the following season.

On his return in 2010 Massa found himself once again playing the second driver role to new team mate Fernando Alonso. The situation was made clear as soon as the 11th round at the German Grand Prix where Massa was ordered to hand his race win to Alonso to aid his title charge.

After several seasons of appearing to be being pushed out by Ferrari, Massa finally took hold of his own career and switched to the Williams Martini Racing team for their 2014 campaign.

Massa's Career Low

There are two very striking low points for Massa.

Qualifying, Hugarian GP 2009

Felipe sustained life threatening injuries at the Hungaroring in 2009 when he was hit on the head by a stray suspension spring.

Brazillian GP 2008

A gut wrenching blow in 2008 after finishing the race in first place he was told to have done enough to take the title. He celebrated with his home crowd for half a lap before being told the calculation was wrong and the title went to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

Age 34
Wins 11
Pole Positions 16
Fastest Laps 15
F1 Highest Finish 1
F1 Race Starts 216

Massa's Racing Pedigree

2008 Runner Up Formula One2001 Champion Euro F 3000
2014
2014 Season

F1: Williams Martini Racing

3 Podiums     1 Poles

Making a split from Ferrari, Massa started with a bang after being blamelessly taken out on the first lap of the first race of the season. Despite several similar incidents, Massa pulled himself back up the standings with some late season podiums/

7th
2013
2013 Season

Scuderia Ferrari

8th
2012
2012 Season

Scuderia Ferrari

Felipe struggled at the start of the season with a total lack of speed. When compared to his flying team-mate Fernando Alonso it looked like a certain deal that Felipe would be replaced with speculation around a desperate mid season transfer. By the last races of the season when Felipe's contract was looking at it's most insecure he managed to turn his season around with some stellar performances.

7th
2011
2011 Season

Scuderia Ferrari

A bad year for Felipe with many questioning his ability to race. With almost constant contact with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and a powerful team-mate taking charge of Ferrari Felipe found himself playing the 2nd driver role too often.

6th
2010
2010 Season

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

6th
2009
2009 Season

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

11th
2008
2008 Season

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

6 Wins

2nd
2007
2007 Season

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

3 Wins

4th
2006
2006 Season

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

2 Wins

3rd
2005
2005 Season

Sauber Petronas

13th
2004
2004 Season

Sauber Petronas

12th
2003
2003 Season

F1 Ferrari test driver

2002
2002 Season

Red Bull Sauber Petronas

13th
2001
2001 Season

Euro Formula 3000

1st
2000
2000 Season

Formula Renault Eurocup

1st
1999
1999 Season

Formula Chevrolet Brazil

1st
1998
1998 Season

Formula Chevrolet Brazil

5th