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Nationality: Brazilian
Born: 25th April 1981
Job description: Race Driver
Height: 1.66m
Weight: 60kg

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2014-2017 - Race Driver for Williams

2006 – 2013 - Race Driver for Scuderia Ferrari

2004 – 2005 - Race Driver for the Sauber Petronas F1 Team

2003 - Test Driver for Scuderia Ferrari

2002 - Race Driver for the Sauber Petronas F1 Team

2001 - Euro F3000 Champion. Test with the Sauber Petronas F1 Team

2000 - Italy and European Formula Renault Champion

1999 - Formula Chevrolet Champion (Brazil)

1998 - Debut in single-seater

1990 - Debut in karting

Born on 25 April 1981 in Sao Paulo in Brazil, not far away from the Interlagos circuit, at the age of nine Felipe Massa was already behind a wheel. In 1990 he came fourth in the Sao Paulo Micro-Kart Championship; sixth in 1991; and finished on the podium in 1992.

Felipe participated in Formula Chevrolet in 1998, concluding the Brazilian Championship that year in fifth place and winning the title in 1999. Felipe then moved to Europe and won the Italian Formula Renault Championship in 2000. He won the European F3000 Championship the following year. In 2001 he signed a contract with Ferrari and took part in what was his first test behind the wheel of a Formula One single-seater, with Sauber, at the Mugello circuit. In 2002 Felipe made his Formula One debut at the Australian GP with Sauber-Petronas. By the end of the season he had claimed four points and started work as a test driver for Ferrari, his full-time occupation in the 2003 season.

Felipe returned to a race seat in 2004 with Sauber-Petronas, scoring 12 points in the 2004 season and 11 points the following year. He then signed as a race driver for Ferrari in 2006. In his first year he claimed his first race win at the Turkish Grand Prix and finished third in the Drivers’ Championship. 2008 was a standout year for Felipe, one in which he came close to winning the Drivers’ Championship only to be beaten by Lewis Hamilton by one point. In 2009 Felipe suffered a severe injury during qualifying for the Hungarian GP that forced him to sit out the remaining seven races of that season. Fully recovered, he returned for Ferrari in 2010 and finished sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, taking five podium finishes. 2011 was his sixth season with Ferrari and again he finished sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, and in 2012 Felipe finished seventh in the Drivers’ Championship with 122 points. 

2013 was Felipe’s last season with Ferrari. He joined WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING in 2014, where he has scored five podiums and a 16th career pole position at the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix. Felipe announced his retirement from the sport at the 2016 Italian Grand Prix, but re-joined Williams for the 2017 season.