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Felipe Massa, F1 driver

personalia

Brazilian
25 April 1981 (42)
Jean Lucas (25 April 1917)
Giedo van der Garde (25 April 1985)
Jean-Éric Vergne (25 April 1990)

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statistics

11 (4.1%)
41 (15.1%)
16 (5.9%)
0 (0%)
1st
15
271
268
1167 (4.3 points per race avg)
14854
937 (6.3%)
1 (0.4%)
42 (15.5%)
2002 Australian Grand Prix
2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
2006 Turkish Grand Prix
2008 Brazilian Grand Prix

about Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa (Portuguese pronunciation: [fi?lipi ?mas?], born 25 April 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver who currently drives for Williams. Massa started his career in go-karting from the age of eight continuing in national and regional championships for seven years. He moved into Formula Chevrolet and claimed the championship. He moved in Italian Formula Renault in 2000 and won the title along with the European championship. Massa went into Euro Formula 3000 taking the championship.

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 where he won two races in 2006 including his home Grand Prix becoming the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna to win the Brazilian Grand Prix. Massa won three races in 2007, finishing 4th in the Drivers' Championship. 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 was forced to miss the rest of the season but returned in 2010. Massa suffered a dip in form in 2011 scoring no podiums but consistently scoring points. Massa contributed to Ferrari's Constructors Championships in 2007 and 2008 and was under contract to race for the team until the end of the 2013 season. On 10 September 2013, he confirmed he would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2013 season. Massa replaced Pastor Maldonado alongside Valtteri Bottas at Williams from 2014.

Massa announced that he would retire from Formula One at the end of the 2016 season. However, upon the abrupt retirement of 2016 Formula One Champion Nico Rosberg, Massa returned to Williams for a one-year contract to partner rookie Lance Stroll, when Valtteri Bottas left Williams to fill the vacant seat at Mercedes. On 4 November 2017, Massa confirmed that he would be retiring from Formula One at the end of the 2017 season.


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seasons

2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,

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grid positions

teams & teammates Felipe Massa

season teammate
2002 Nick Heidfeld
Heinz-Harald Frentzen
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2004 Giancarlo Fisichella
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2005 Jacques Villeneuve
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2006 Michael Schumacher
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2007 Kimi Räikkönen
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2008 Kimi Räikkönen
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2009 Kimi Räikkönen
Luca Badoer
Giancarlo Fisichella
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2010 Fernando Alonso
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2011 Fernando Alonso
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2012 Fernando Alonso
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2013 Fernando Alonso
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2014 Valtteri Bottas
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2015 Valtteri Bottas
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2016 Valtteri Bottas
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2017 Lance Stroll
Paul di Resta
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Massa wants to address the controversy that erupted after it emerged that Nelson Piquet had crashed deliberately at the 2008 Singapore GP, a race that proved crucial in the final outcome that saw Lewis Hamilton win the title.Domenicali was at Ferrari throughout Massa's time with the team as a junior and race driver, latterly as team principal.As the current head of F1, he is now on the other side ...

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While Lewis Hamilton is chasing a record-breaking eighth Formula 1 world championship, Felipe Massa could make things more difficult for the Mercedes driver.He has partnered with lawyers to contest a 15 year old result where Hamilton pipped Massa to the 2008 F1 crown.Massa, now retired, feels the FIA and Formula One Management failed to act on knowledge they had about the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix ...

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The Brazilian has brought in lawyers to evaluate court action over what he feels was a conspiracy that resulted in him losing the 2008 world championship to Lewis Hamilton. He believes that at the time, the FIA and FOM (Formula One Management) did not act properly on the knowledge they had about Nelson Piquet’s deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore GP, which proved to have an influential ...

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The Brazilian driver has begun a legal process to evaluate overturning the result of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, which was won by Fernando Alonso after his Renault team-mate Nelson Piquet Jr. deliberately crashed. Massa lost valuable ground in the title chase to main rival Lewis Hamilton that day, after suffering a problem at a refuelling stop, and if the event is declared null and void, he ...

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Massa believes he was the victim of a conspiracy to cover up the 2008 Singapore GP Crashgate scandal in which Renault's Nelson Piquet Jr. crashed on purpose to let team-mate Fernando Alonso win.If the race result had been thrown out at the time, Massa would have claimed the drivers' championship instead of losing it to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton by one point.Massa has assembled a comprehensive legal ...

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Massa has begun a challenge against the FIA and FOM over their handling of the investigation into the 'Crashgate' controversy from the 2008 Singapore GP, which ultimately cost him the world title to Lewis Hamilton that year.The Brazilian believes that there was a conspiracy that prevented the Crashgate affair from being probed until after the world title was settled, with the FIA having become ...

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Massa has begun a legal process to try to overturn the 2008 F1 title outcome, after believing that a conspiracy robbed him of the chance to win the crown.The Brazilian has suspicions that a cover-up by the FIA and F1 chiefs in the way it handled the Crashgate controversy from that year's Singapore Grand Prix cost him the championship.In letters before action sent to the FIA and F1, it was argued ...

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Prompted by an interview with ex-F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone earlier this year, plus archive footage of late FIA race director Charlie Whiting, Massa believes F1 and the governing body were aware of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix ‘crashgate’ scandal in time to take action before the championship was decided.Former Ferrari and Williams racer Massa says he is developing a subsequent legal case to ...

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Although the circumstances surrounding the Crashgate controversy at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix had been consigned to F1's history books by many, it has become a hot topic again.An interview that Bernie Ecclestone gave earlier this year suggested that knowledge of Nelson Piquet Jr.'s deliberate crash was known early enough for the FIA and FOM to take action before the 2008 title was decided – ...

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Massa is one of several former drivers employed by the F1 organisation in ambassadorial roles, with the job involving attending a certain number of races per season in logoed shirts and undertaking tasks such as meet and greets in the Paddock Club.Others to have similar arrangements are Mika Hakkinen, Jacques Villeneuve and David Coulthard.However, matters became complicated after Massa started a ...

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As originally reported by Motorsport.com, Massa’s lawyers wrote to FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem and FOM CEO Stefano Domenicali earlier this month with a Letter Before Claim setting out the details of the Brazilian driver’s legal pursuit to rectify him losing the 2008 F1 world championship.According to the document, Massa's legal team alleged the Brazilian was "the victim of a conspiracy" ...

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Last week, Massa stepped up his legal battle over losing the 2008 title by sending a Letter Before Claim addressed to F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem, setting out the details of his impending legal challenge over the result of the championship.Massa lost the title to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton by a single point but believes the result of the controversial Singapore ...

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In April, Massa signalled his intention to take legal action against the results of the 2008 F1 world championship, which he lost to McLaren's Lewis Hamilton by a single point.Massa acted on information from former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who suggested that knowledge of the controversial 2008 Singapore GP 'crashgate' was available early enough for action to be taken before the result of the ...

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As revealed by Motorsport.com earlier this month, Massa has been spurred into action by comments from former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone suggesting that knowledge of the controversial 'crashgate' moment at the 2008 Singapore GP came early enough for action to be taken that season.
However, by the time that Nelson Piquet Jr.'s deliberate crash that helped Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso win ...

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The race weekend occurred following a backdrop of controversy: FIA president Max Mosley had been exposed by a UK tabloid sting in the week leading up to the event, and some teams were calling on him to step down.
On track, BMW’s Sauber era was blossoming, with Robert Kubica scoring his first career F1 pole position, just 0.027s ahead of the Ferrari of Massa. This came despite a lock-up that ...

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The Brazilian has been prompted into action by recent comments from former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who offered fresh insight into the critical 2008 Singapore Grand Prix that proved hugely costly to Massa’s title ambitions that year. 
That Singapore race is most famously known for the deliberate crash triggered by Nelson Piquet Jr., which brought out a safety car that ultimately ...

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Wolff said that the team was obliged to take steps not to ?massacre? its cars after they bottomed on the tracks bumps during practice.
A similar situation arose at rivals Red Bull Racing, where a cracked wing was spotted on Max Verstappen?s car.
With the permission of the FIA, the Milton Keynes outfit was able to strengthen parts on both of its cars ahead of Saturday?s ...

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At last Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix Hamilton's victory saw him become the standalone record holder in terms of most grand prix wins, with the six-time F1 world champion banking his 92nd career victory at Portimao.
He's also closing in on equalling Schumacher's record of seven titles, further fuelling comparisons between the two superstars.
Massa, an 11-time grand prix winner, has seen ...

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Mercedes won last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring with Valtteri Bottas, but electrical noise stemming from heavy vibration caused as the W11s ran across the kerbs at the Austrian track threatened to cause gearbox sensor failures on both the race winner's car and Hamilton's machine.
Mercedes admitted after that event that the problem would be expected to reoccur if its cars ...

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Massa was struck on the crash helmet by the spring from the heave damper arrangement at the rear of Rubens Barichello?s BGP001. As the discarded black spring bounced along the track, Massa drove into it at high speed ??knocking him unconscious and causing him to crash head-on into a tyre barrier.
?Exit of Turn 5, Rubens lost his third spring of his car, and I was coming around ...

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Massa?s F1 career was highlighted by 11 grand prix victories, 41 podium finishes, 16 pole positions and 15 fastest laps. He came within one point of the 2008 world championship, only being denied by McLaren?s Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the last race at Interlagos.
In this clip from the movie, Massa reveals how his connection with Ferrari began, and how he had to keep it a secret for ...

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In the film, Massa relives some of the greatest and worst moments of his career throughout this documentary, including his experiences in the F2008 (below).

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Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 side view
Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Massa was world champion for 38 seconds, for when he crossed the finish ...

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