Team Williams Martini Racing
Nationality Brazilian
Date of Birth 25 Apr 1981
F1 Debut Australia 2002 with Sauber Petronas
F1 Team Sauber, Ferrari, Williams

Felipe Massa

In Singapore

Massa in Singapore:

2008 Ferrari: qualified on pole, finished 13th
2009 Ferrari: did not enter (he was injured in Hungary)
2010 Ferrari: qualified 24th, finished 8th
2011 Ferrari: qualified 6th, finished 9th
2012 Ferrari: qualified 13th, finished 8th
2013 Ferrari: qualified 6th, finished 6th
2014 Williams: qualified 6th, finished 5th
2015 Williams: qualified 9th, did not finish
2016 Williams: qualified 12th, finished 11th

A new lease of life

After several years struggling in the shadow of Fernando Alonso at Ferrari, Felipe Massa received a new lease of life at Williams in 2014, as the Brazilian scored three podiums on his way to seventh in the drivers’ standings.

He only climbed onto the rostrum twice last year as his old team jumped up the order to become the main challenger to Mercedes, but Massa still pushed his younger teammate, Valtteri Bottas, harder than many had predicted.

The Brazilian scored one of only two non-Mercedes pole positions during the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Austria two years ago, and used his experience, which included a runners-up finish in the 2008 drivers’ championship, to race closely with team-mate Bottas during that time.

Massa was another recruit of Peter Sauber’s ever-astute young driver selections and he was just 20 years old when he drove a Formula One car for the first time. He made his Formula One debut in the Ferrari-powered Sauber in 2002. His maiden season proved he was fast, but perhaps a little too furious, so 2003 was spent racking up the test miles for Ferrari.

The Brazilian returned to racing with Sauber for 2004 and 2005 before switching to Ferrari in 2006 alongside Michael Schumacher. That year, he won two races in 2006 including his home Grand Prix, becoming the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna to win the Brazilian Grand Prix.

In 2008 he claimed the inaugural pole position at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, and few will ever forget the last corner, of the last lap, of the last race of that season in Brazil. That was the race where Massa headed through the rain to his second home victory on his home track and it seemed the world champions’ title.

History records of course that Lewis Hamilton snatched fifth place on that last corner and with it, the points to make him the champion. In perhaps the most highly charged emotional moment in Formula One history, Massa’s dignity stood out.

A year later Massa faced another battle, after suffering a head injury during practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix. He was sidelined for half the season and on his return to Ferrari he struggled to match previous form. But after impressive performances in 2014 and 2015, Massa could yet still add to his tally of 11 wins as his career enjoys a popular Indian summer.