Felipe Massa's F1 History: 2005-2017
Felipe Massa is a Brazilian racing driver who competed in Formula One from 2002 to 2017. During his career, he drove for some of the top teams in the sport, including Ferrari and Williams. Massa is remembered for his skill behind the wheel, his perseverance through adversity, and his loyalty to his teams.
Massa began his Formula One career with Sauber in 2002, but it was not until 2005 that he really began to make his mark on the sport. In 2005, he scored his first podium finish at the European Grand Prix and finished the season in 13th place. In 2006, he continued to race with Sauber and finished the season in 9th place.
In 2006, Massa made a move to Ferrari, where he would spend the majority of his career. He quickly found success with the team, winning his first race with Ferrari at the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006. In 2008, Massa came within a single point of winning the World Championship, but he ultimately lost to Lewis Hamilton in a dramatic season finale. Despite this disappointment, Massa continued to race with Ferrari until 2013, earning 11 Grand Prix wins and cementing his place as one of the team's most beloved drivers.
In 2014, Massa made a move to Williams, where he would finish out his Formula One career. He had a successful first season with the team, finishing in the top ten in several races and earning a podium finish at the Italian Grand Prix. However, his performance began to decline in the following seasons, and he announced his retirement from Formula One at the end of the 2017 season.
Why Felipe Massa is Still Remembered
Massa is remembered for his skill and determination on the track, as well as his loyalty to his teams. He was a fierce competitor and a fan favourite, and his emotional return to the podium after a near-fatal crash at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009 is still talked about as one of the most inspiring moments in Formula One history. Despite never winning a World Championship, Massa's impressive career and his commitment to the sport continue to be celebrated by fans and fellow drivers alike.
Records and Milestones
Massa holds a number of records and milestones in Formula One, including the following:
He is the most successful Brazilian driver in Formula One history, with 11 Grand Prix wins.
He holds the record for the most pole positions by a Brazilian driver, with 16.
He is one of only three Brazilian drivers to have won the Brazilian Grand Prix, which he did twice (in 2006 and 2008).
Massa's impressive achievements on the track have earned him a place as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Brazilian motorsport.
Massa's Performance in the Drivers' Championship (2005-2017)
The table below shows Massa's performance in the Drivers' Championship from 2005 to 2017.
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Massa's career in Formula One was marked by his impressive skill, determination, and loyalty to his teams. His legacy in the sport continues to be celebrated by fans around the world.