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A profile of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa has failed to finish higher than fifth in 2011

Felipe Massa 2011 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:31 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 27 Mar 2011 8 7 6 6
Malaysian GP 10 Apr 2011 7 5 10 16
Chinese GP 17 Apr 2011 6 6 8 24
Turkish GP 8 May 2011 10 11 0 24
Spanish GP 22 May 2011 8 22 0 24
Monaco GP 29 May 2011 6 21 0 24
Canadian Grand Prix 12 Jun 2011 3 6 8 32
European GP 26 Jun 2011 5 5 10 42
British GP 10 Jul 2011 4 5 10 52
German GP 24 Jul 2011 5 5 10 62
Hungarian GP 31 Jul 2011 4 6 8 70
Belgian GP 28 Aug 2011 4 8 4 74
Italian GP 11 Sep 2011 6 6 8 82
Singapore GP 25 Sep 2011 6 9 2 84
Japanese GP 9 Oct 2011 4 7 6 90
Korean Grand Prix 16 Oct 2011 5 6 8 98
Indian Grand Prix 30 Oct 2011 6 20 0 98
Abu Dhabi GP 13 Nov 2011 6 5 10 108
Brazilian GP 27 Nov 2011 7 5 10 118

"It's been a difficult season for the popular Brazilian.

"Massa initially said that the new Pirelli tyres suited him and he has definitely looked more punchy and fast behind the wheel.

"His problem is that Alonso effectively 'owns' the team

"What Massa absolutely needs to do now is to pick up the pieces and show he still has what it takes.

"Without a podium in 2011, he will have to deliver much better speed and results in 2012 if Ferrari is to continue to stand by him. They are watching closely."


What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver?

Adrenalin, enjoyable and passion.

What is the biggest perk of the job?

Driving the car, especially when you're racing against another driver or the time; and when you get paid for it, it's even more incredible.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?

I would love to be remembered as a world champion.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?

In the last race of 2008 in Brazil, it was kind of embarrassing because I was almost the world champion and suddenly everything changed in the last moment. But that was not really embarrassment; it was just the race and the sport.

Who is the worst dressed Formula 1 driver?

Ralf Schumacher.

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?

Senna, no doubt about it.

Spa or Monaco?


Previous team: Sauber
Nationality: Brazilian
Born: 25/04/1981, Sao Paulo
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2002

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

Well I think I would be involved with racing cars or working with cars in some way as I have always been in love with that. But I would love to play football, I would happy being a football player but it would not be possible because I'm not very talented. I can play but not like a professional.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?


What would be your perfect day off?

The best day off is to be in Brazil with my friends and my family in my country house or on the beach.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?


Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?

A plane. It's a small one, actually.

What is your favourite item of clothing?

Dolce & Gabbana.

What is your favourite music to drive to?

I like any kind of music but at the minute I'm listening to The Killers.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?

I think it would be very interesting to have dinner with George W Bush to know all the stories, he must have a lot of stories to tell. I'm not saying I'm a fan of Bush but it would be interesting to hear what he has to say.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know.

I am a very disorganised person so my room is always a mess. My wife packs my luggage because if I did it would be disorganised.

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?

Paul Newman.

Boxers or briefs?


Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?

Angelina Jolie.

James Bond or Austin Powers?

James Bond.

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