Felipe Massa is a professional motor car racer from Brazil and he is currently plying his trade on the Formula 1 circuit with the Scuderia Ferrari team. Massa was born on the 25th of April in 1981 in Sao Paulo. Massa’s roots lie in Italy in the Cerignola region from where his grandfather had immigrated to Brazil.
His karting career began when he was just 8 years old and in his first ever season at the karting championships, he was placed at fourth position. He continued to race go karts at various national and international championships for the next seven years, winning many trophies on the way.
In 1998, Massa moved up to the Formula Chevrolet and finished in 5th position in the Brazilian championship. In the next season, Massa competed in all the ten races of the competition, winning three of them and this brought him the championship. He moved to Europe in 2000 as he wanted to compete in the Italian Formula Renault series and he managed to win both the European Formula Renault championship as well as the Italian Formula Renault championship in that same year. He could easily have made the move up to Formula Three racing but decided to race at the Euro Formula 3000 series where he won the championship by winning 6 of the 8 races he competed in. Felipe Massa was then asked to test drive the Sauber Formula One car prior to the 2002 season and so impressive he was on the tracks that the team signed him up immediately.
His first race in Formula 1 was the 2002 Australian Grand Prix where he drove for Sauber along with another new driver for the team in Nick Heidfeld. Although he did more or less alright on the tracks, he also made several mistakes and spun out on many occasions. He ended the season with just 4 championship points on the board. However, after being suspended for a race at the end of the season, Sauber released Felipe Massa and he began to test drive for Ferrari. However, he rejoined Sauber for the 2004 and 2005 seasons before finally moving to Ferrari to partner the legendary Michael Schumacher in 2006. Although he is yet to win the drivers’ world championship, Felipe Massa has come close on two occasions and has even lost out to Lewis Hamilton by just a single point. He surely has a championship in him somewhere down the line.