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Felipe Massa
Template:Country flagicon Brazilian
Formula One World Championship Career
Active years
Team(s) Ferrari
Grands Prix 126 (124 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 11
Podium finishes    30
Career Points 387
Pole positions 15
Fastest laps 12
First Grand Prix 2002 Australian Grand Prix
2006 Turkish Grand Prix | First win 2006 Turkish Grand Prix |2006 Turkish Grand Prix
2008 Brazilian Grand Prix | Last win 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix | 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last Grand Prix 2010 British Grand Prix

Felipe Massa (born in São Paulo April 25, 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver, currently employed by the Ferrari team and standing second in the 2008 Drivers World Championship. He is under contract to race for Ferrari until the end of the 2012 season.<ref name="c2010">{{#if: Massa to stay at Ferrari through 2010

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Early career

Massa, a Brazilian whose grandfather came to Brazil from the city of Cerignola, Italy, 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 he moved into Formula Chevrolet, finishing the Brazilian championship in fifth. In the next season, he won 3 of the 10 races and took the championship. In 2000, he moved to Europe to compete in the Italian Formula Renault series, winning both it and the European Formula Renault championship in the same year. Whilst having the opportunity to move into Formula 3, he opted instead for the Formula 3000 Euro-Series, and was dominant, winning 6 of the 8 races to take the championship. He was offered an F1 test with the Sauber team, who promptly signed him for 2002. In the meantime he drove for Alfa Romeo in the European Touring Car Championship as a guest driver.

Formula One career

Sauber (2002, 2004-2005)

In his rookie year in Formula 1, Massa was paired with 1999 F3000 champion Nick Heidfeld at the Sauber team. Massa showed he was a competitive driver, but made several mistakes during his rookie season, including spinning off the track on several occasions. Massa scored 4 championship points in his first season, with a best result of 5th place at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya. Massa 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 that race. Although Massa returned to the driver's seat for the Japanese Grand Prix, Sauber confirmed that Frentzen would partner Heidfeld in 2003, leaving Massa without a race seat. Instead, Massa spent a year with Sauber's engine suppliers, Ferrari, gaining experience through testing for the championship-winning team.

After gaining more experience and demonstrating that his mistake rate had declined, Sauber re-signed Massa for the 2004 season. In 2004, Massa scored 12 of Sauber's 34 points, with his best result being a fourth place finish at the Belgian Grand Prix. His teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, scored the team's other 22 points. In 2005, Massa remained with Sauber. Although he only scored 11 points, Massa outpaced his teammate Jacques Villeneuve through most of the season, and beat him in the drivers' championship. In 2006, Massa re-joined Ferrari as a race-driver, alongside Michael Schumacher.

Ferrari (2006-Present)

2006

Massa got a good start 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. However, in Bahrain, in both Saturday practice and the race, Massa seemed to resume his tendency to spin, narrowly missing eventual winner Fernando Alonso in the race. He kept up his reputation as being a bit on the wild side at the Australian GP when he crashed his Ferrari in qualifying, and then collided with Christian Klien and Nico Rosberg at the first corner of the race. However, 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 achieved four more podium finishes in 2006, in the USA, France and Germany and took his first F1 pole position and his first F1 win at the 2006 Turkish Grand Prix, at the Istanbul Park circuit. His future position at Ferrari was secured when Michael Schumacher announced on 10 September 2006, that he would retire from F1 at the end of the 2006 season. On October 22, Massa won his home grand prix at the 2006 Brazilian Grand Prix, marking the first time a Brazilian driver had won at Interlagos since Ayrton Senna in 1993. The Brazilian eventually finished the season third with 80 points, behind world champion Fernando Alonso and Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher.


2007

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. <ref>BBC Sport Canadian Grand Prix Report</ref> After this disqualification, he won one more race at the 2007 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.<ref name="c2010"/>

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.

Massa went into Bahrain (where he won in 2007) with no points. He dominated the weekend, but Robert Kubica beat him down to second 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. <ref name="Bahrain">{{#if: Felipe Massa of Ferrari wins in Bahrain Grand Prix

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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. Massa had to settle for second.

Massa took pole position at the next round which was in Turkey. He led from the start, and maintained it 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.

In the Canadian Grand Prix, with Massa having his season worst qualifying in 6th place. 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 in 17th. Massa then staged a brave fightback, charging back up to fifth place by the end of the race. With chief title rivals Hamilton and Räikkönen taking each other out after colling in the pitlane, this was not a bad race.

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 problem in his exhaust 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, things made a turn for the worse as Massa qualified way down in ninth. In the wet race, things were even worse and he finished 13th, dead last. This result was his lowest finish since 2005 when he finished 14th on two occasions for Sauber.

Massa had a harrowing defeat at the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix where he started third. He overtook 2nd place starter Heikki Kovalainen and pole sitter Lewis Hamilton on the main straight of the starting grid. He had an enormous lock-up of both his front tires but nevertheless overtook both McLarens with ease. He led for the majority of the race and seemed to have victory in the bag but with 3 laps remaining, an engine failure in the Ferrari took place and he failed to finish.

Massa won the 2008 European Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain. He started in pole position and took the chequered flag comfortably. However, he was released from his first pitstop at the same time Adrian Sutil was passing by and they almost touched, with Massa letting Sutil go ahead. After the race, the stewards decided to fine Massa €10,000, but his victory stood. He won his 10th Grand Prix in the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, after Lewis Hamilton who crossed the line in front of Massa was hit with a 25 second penalty by the stewards after the race, for cutting the Bus Stop Chicane during his tussle with Räikkönen on Lap 42 of the race.

Massa took pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix, beating Hamilton's best time by six tenths of a second during the last moments of the qualifying session. During the race, Massa, after being given the green light by his team, left his first fuel stop with the refuelling rig still attached to his car. This resulted in a lengthy delay caused by the difficulty of removing the hose. He was later then given a drive-through penalty for an unsafe release into the pitlane. His race ruined, he finished out of the points.

At the Japanese Grand Prix Massa struggled in qualifying, having to settle for 5th on the grid. Meanwhile, Hamilton, his rival for the Championship, took pole position.<ref>Japanese Grand Prix BBC Sport Retrieved 11 October 2008</ref> In the race he collided with Hamilton by running across the grass after overshooting a chicane, receiving a drive-through penalty and ultimately finishing 7th, after a controversial<ref>[1]</ref> penalty was issued to Sébastien Bourdais, who was adjudged by the stewards to have caused a collision with Massa while exiting the pitlane.

At the Shanghi Grand Prix the following week Massa and teammate Räikkönen, despite strong performances at Fuji, struggled for pace the entire weekend, a situation which Domenicali (Ferrari team principal) could not explain<ref></ref>. Disappointed with his performance in practice he managed to qualify 3rd after the behind other ferrari and main title rival Hamilton, but in front of Fernando Alonso. Following the pattern of the weekend Massa struggled to keep up with Hamilton, who raced away and maintained a comfortable margin of him. Whilst he eventually found some speed on the medium compound tires (his preferred option that weekend), 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 in the Drivers championship, but Massa remained optimistic stating "For sure we are in a difficult position but we know many things can happen in one race"<ref>[http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?id=44366</ref> and "Always when you play at home you usually play better"<ref>[2]</ref>, as the last two years he finished strongly at Interlago (a 1st in 2006 and a 2nd in 2007)

Accident and injury in Hungary

On July 25th, 2009 in the second round of qualifying in 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 wall. He was moved to the trackside hospital and Ferrari's team principal later stated that Massa was in a stable condition and would not participate in the race on the following day. It was subsequently announced that he had suffered a fractured skull and brain concussion, as well as a gash on his forehead, and that he had undergone successful surgery on his injuries at the AEK hospital in Budapest.

Massa's neurosurgeon, Róbert Veres, has said that as a result of his injuries, the Brazilian's 2009 season is over, and that his future as a motorsport driver is in doubt as there is no guarantee that his eyesight will not be affected. However, the hospital's medical director, Péter Bazsó, clarified this, stating that damage to Massa's eye cannot be assessed until he is able to open it. He also stated that, at this pace of recovery, he could leave hospital ten days after the accident. Massa's personal doctor, Dino Altmann, also the chief medical officer for the Brazilian Grand Prix, stated on July 28 that Massa has managed to open his left eye and can see out of it. Massa also managed to speak to his family and Ferrari bosses in Portuguese, Italian and English. Altmann says he is certain that Massa will be able to race again. Massa left the Intensive-care unit on July 29. According to his friend Popó Bueno, Massa is already able to walk and has been asking doctors about when he'll be able to race again. Ferrari has announced that Massa's former teammate, Michael Schumacher, will take over Massa's race seat while he recovers. According to Felipe Massa's father, Luiz Antonio, he should leave hospital no later than August 2, and if his recovery continues to go this well he could go straight home to Monaco, instead of being transferred to a clinic in Paris.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
1998 Formula Chevrolet Brazil  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 5th
1999 Formula Chevrolet Brazil  ? 10  ? 3  ? 1st
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Cram Competition 9  ? 3 140 1st
Formula Renault 2000 Italy Cram Competition 8 4 4 147 1st
2001 Euro Formula 3000 Draco Junior Team 8 6 6 60 1st
European Supertouring Championship Team Nordauto 4 0 0 71 23rd
2002 Formula One Sauber 16 0 0 4 13th
2003 Formula One Ferrari Test driver
2004 Formula One Sauber 18 0 0 12 12th
2005 Formula One Sauber 19 0 0 11 13th
2006 Formula One Ferrari 18 3 2 80 3rd
2007 Formula One Ferrari 17 6 3 94 4th
2008 Formula One Ferrari 17 5 5 97 2nd

* Season in progress

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
6
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
3
MAL
7
CHN
9
ESP
6
MON
4
TUR
7
CAN
15
EUR
11
GBR
15
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
JPN
KOR
BRA
ABU
8th* 67*

* Season in progress

Personal life

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  • Massa is a friend of Swiss watchmaker Richard Mille, who has dedicated several models of his watches to him (RM-005FM, RM-011).<ref>professionalwatches.com: RICHARD MILLE RM011 Felipe Massa Special Edition [3]</ref>

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