Felipe Massa
Date of Birth April 20, 1981
Place of Birth Sao Paulo, BRA
Nationality BRA
Weight/Height 59 kg / 166 cm
First GP March 4, 2002
Teams Sauber F1 Team, Scuderia Ferrari
Official Website www.felipemassa.com
Championships 11 (1 Won for a few seconds)
Grand Prix 177 (11 Won)
Podiums 35
Poles 15
Fastest Laps 14
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Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1981, Felipe Massa has the honor of being the last driver to share responsibilities with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, when he came to replace his compatriot Rubens Barrichello in 2006.

Massa stared in karts –like almost everyone in the business- in Brazil and then in Formula Renault and Formula Chevrolet. In 2002 Sauber hired him as test driver, but after the preseason the teams offers him to share the stage with Nick Heidfeld. His first season was marked by several highs and lows: first, he got a fifth at the GP of Spain, showing flashes of superb skills, but at the same time he makes many mistakes that either takes his car out of the track or with a broken engine.

In Sauber he develops his career until 2006, in spite of a hiatus in 2003 after losing his seat in the Swiss team in favor of Frentzen. However, in that same year Ferrari welcome him as test driver, something that allows him to make friends and get to know key people within in the most important team in F1.

Massa returned to Sauber in 2004 to share the duties with Giancarlo Fishichella and Jacques Villeneuve. The Brazilian claims to have learned a lot in those early years of his career from them.