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Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa
Born 25 April 1981
São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Formula One World Championship career
Years Active 2002-2013
Team(s) Sauber, Ferrari
First Grand Prix 2002 Australian Grand Prix
Entries 193 (191 starts)
Wins 11
Pole Positions 15
Fastest Laps 14
Podiums 36
Career Points 816
Drivers' Championships 0
Final Grand Prix 2013 Brazilian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa (born 25 April 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver. Massa started his Formula One career with Sauber before joining Scuderia Ferrari as a test driver for 2003. He returned to Sauber for 2004 and 2005 before rejoining Ferrari. He finished second in the 2008 Drivers' World Championship after a long title battle with Lewis Hamilton. At the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, Massa was injured by a suspension spring off the Brawn GP car of Rubens Barrichello. Massa suffered a dip in form after his return from injury failing to win a race, but maintaining podium finishes.

BiographyEdit

Pre-Formula OneEdit

Felipe Massa was born in São Paulo, to a family whom originally emigrated from Cerignola, Italy. He 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 in 2001, but instead chose the Euro Formula 3000, 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.

Formula OneEdit

2002-2003Edit

The 2002 season was Felipe's first Formula One season with Sauber. He 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. Sauber confirmed that Heinz-Harald Frentzen would partner Heidfeld in 2003, leaving Massa without a race seat, instead he signed for Sauber's engine suppliers, Ferrari, gaining experience by testing for the championship-winning team.

2004Edit

Sauber re-signed Massa for the 2004 season where he partnered Giancarlo Fisichella. He scored 12 of Sauber's 34 points, with his best result being a fourth place at the Belgian Grand Prix.

2005Edit

In 2005 Massa out-performed Sauber team mate and former champion Jacques Villeneuve to finish 13th in the standings. He matched his career-best result with fourth place in Canada. He Signed on as Michael Schumacher's Ferrari team mate for 2006.

2006Edit

In 2006 Massa achieved three pole positions and two race wins in his first year partnering Michael Schumacher at Ferrari to help strengthen his reputation as one of the sport's rising talents. He finished third overall in drivers' championship.

2007Edit

In 2007 Massa scored three wins and six pole positions, but reliability issues and a disqualification in Canada put him out of title contention. Nevertheless, he played a vital role in Ferrari's 2007 championship double and re-signs for the team until 2010.

2008Edit

In 2008 Massa showed new levels of speed and maturity, becoming Ferrari's main championship contender with six victories and six pole positions. He missed out on the title by a single point, despite winning the dramatic season finale in his native Brazil.

2009Edit

In 2009 due to Ferrari's initial lack of pace and reliability Massa had no podium appearance until round nine, then he fractures his skull in a freak qualifying accident in Hungary, where he is struck by a loose spring from another car. He missed the remainder of the season.

2010Edit

Massa started the 2010 season with a second-place qualifying place, and a second-place finish in Bahrain behind team-mate Fernando Alonso. At the Australian Grand Prix, Massa was appointed a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association. He qualified fifth and finished third in the race, later commenting that it had been an unusually good start to the season for him. Massa then went onto score five further points finishes followed by three non-points scores. In June, Massa agreed to a contract extension until the end of the 2012 season.

At the 2010 German Grand Prix Ferrari were investigated for team orders as Massa took the race lead early, ahead of Alonso. During the race these positions were maintained until Massa received instructions from Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley, saying "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?". Shortly afterwards, on lap 49, Massa allowed Alonso to take the lead, and consequently to win the race. Smedley then added after the pass 'Ok mate good lad, stick with him now, sorry.' Massa achieved two further podiums at Italy and Korea to finish sixth in the Drivers' Championship with 144 points.

2011Edit

During the 2011 season Massa was comprehensively outclassed by his team mate, scoring less than 50 percent of Alonso 's points tally. He failed to make the podium in his tenth year in F1, during which he maked his 100th start for Ferrari.

2012Edit

During 2012 Massa struggled to get to grips with Ferrari's tricky F2012 and was comprehensively outclassed by his team mate Alonso over the first half of season,and rarely made it into Q3. He slowly improved before scoring his first podium since 2010 in Japan and adding another in Brazil . He retained his seat for 2013 .

2013Edit

Helmet designEdit

Massa's helmet was blue with a fluorescent yellow X on both sides and a yellow triangle that coverd the upper helmet with the top section coloured with a green diamonds. In 2006 a white ring was added around the top for sponsors. In 2007 the tips of the fluorescent yellow X were more ramified and the top traingle was filled with a green gradient. In 2008 the yellow X was given a greener hue.

In 2011 the white sponsorship ring was removed and the top section was extended downwards. For his 100th race with Ferrari at the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix, Massa sported a chrome and gold prancing horse on the top with a further 100 horses representing the races Massa contested with Ferrari. The design also featured gold, blue and green spreading out over the helmet.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(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 Red Bull

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 Red Bull 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
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 Ferrari 150° Italia Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
7
MAL
5
CHN
6
TUR
11
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
6
EUR
5
GBR
5
GER
5
HUN
6
BEL
8
ITA
6
SIN
9
JPN
7
KOR
6
IND
Ret
ABU
5
BRA
5
6th 118
2012 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F2012 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
Ret
MAL
15
CHN
13
BHR
9
ESP
15
MON
6
CAN
10
EUR
16
GBR
4
GER
12
HUN
9
BEL
5
ITA
4
SIN
8
JPN
2
KOR
4
IND
6
ABU
7
USA
4
BRA
3
7th 122
2013 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F138 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
4
MAL
5
CHN
6
BHR
15
ESP
3
MON
Ret
CAN
8
GBR
6
GER
Ret
HUN
8
BEL
7
ITA
4
SIN
6
KOR
9
JPN
10
IND
4
ABU
8
USA
12
BRA
7
8th 112

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felipe_Massa
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/felipe-massa.aspx

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