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Felipe Massa

Massa giving thumbs-up at the 2005 United States Grand Prix
Felipe Massa
Nationality 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian
2008 Car number 2
2008 Team Ferrari
2009 Car number 4
2009 Team Ferrari
Races 106 (105 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 11
Podiums 27
Points 298
Poles 15
Fastest laps 11
First race 2002 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2006 Turkish Grand Prix
Last win 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last season 2008
Last position 2nd (97 pts)


Felipe Massa (born April 25, 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver formerly in the employ of the Sauber team and for 2006 Michael Schumacher's partner at Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.

Early career

Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Massa began karting when he was 9 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 guested for Alfa Romeo in the European Touring Car series.

Massa relaxing during an autograph session at the 2005 United States Grand Prix

Formula One career

His debut season of F1 saw him paired with ex-F3000 champion Nick Heidfeld. Whilst showing that he definitely had pace, Massa made several mistakes and spun off the track on many occasions. He managed to score 4 championship points, including a 5th place finish at the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya. Late in the season he received a penalty for the United States Grand Prix, and thus Sauber brought in Heinz-Harald Frentzen, their former driver. Massa returned for Suzuka, but Frentzen was already confirmed as Heidfeld's team-mate for 2003. Having been denied a Jordan race seat, Massa moved to Ferrari as a test driver. Having impressed the team, and showing signs that his mistake rate had declined, Massa was re-signed by the Sauber team for 2004, alongside Giancarlo Fisichella. He had a good season, scoring 12 of the team's 34 points - highlighted by a career-best 4th place at the Belgian Grand Prix. Fisichella generally outperformed his Brazilian team-mate, but Massa on occasion demonstrated sound pace. In 2005 he remained with Sauber, but in an uneventful season was unable to score regular points. He managed to outpace second driver Jacques Villeneuve over the course of the year, although the 1997 world champion was often the quicker of the two by the end of 2005. For 2006 he receives promotion to Ferrari. If he performs well against Schumacher he can expect a long and fruitful career. If not, he may find himself moving backwards down the grid once more.

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 18 6 6 97 2nd

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


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Personnel:
22px-Flag of France.png Jean Todt | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mario Almondo | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Stefano Domenicali | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Baldisseri
Current drivers:
22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella (Test Driver) 22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené (Test Driver)
Notable Former drivers:
22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Alberto Ascari | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Juan Manuel Fangio | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Niki Lauda | 22px-Flag of South Africa.png Jody Scheckter | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill | 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine | 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi | 22px-Flag of France.png Alain Prost | 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Nigel Mansell | 22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto | 22px-Flag of France.png René Arnoux | 22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Tambay | 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Gilles Villeneuve | 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Carlos Reutemann | 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Clay Regazzoni | 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti | 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx | 22px-Flag of Germany.png Wolfgang Graf Berghe von Trips | 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Lorenzo Bandini
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