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Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa - 11-time Formula 1 grand prix winner

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Birth Date: 25 April 1981

Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Felipe Massa can safely lay claim to coming closer to winning the Formula 1 World Championship than anyone else.

When Massa took the chequered flag to win the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix the live points standings meant he was the champion elect. His only rival, Lewis Hamilton, was in sixth place – not enough. But in the most dramatic dénouement in F1 history, the Briton charged through the final lap to pass Timo Glock’s ailing Toyota, on dry tyres in the rain, and take the extra point he needed. All within a minute.

Massa’s dignity in defeat earned him many admirers, as did his recovery from the serious head injuries he sustained during qualifying for the following year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

But the Brazilian hasn’t exactly hidden from challenges down the years. During eight seasons at Ferrari, Massa had the unenviable task of partnering Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso at their peak. He has spent the last three years with Williams Martini Racing, for whom he scored his 41st F1 podium at the 2015 Italian Grand Prix.

Massa made his Race Of Champions debut in 2004 and returned 12 months later. But it would be another decade before the popular Brazilian graced the ROC arena again in London. He then returned in Miami to rejoin Tony Kanaan at Team Brazil - a combination that made it as far as the semi-finals in 2004.

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Runner-up in the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship

Over 200 Formula 1 Grand Prix starts

11 Grand Prix wins, 41 podiums and 15 pole positions

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2008 Six Grand Prix wins but misses the title by one point

2006 Became the first Brazilian to win home grand prix since Ayrton Senna

2006 First Grand Prix pole and victory in Turkey for Ferrari

2002 First F1 start for Sauber at the Australian Grand Prix

2001 Formula 3000 Euroseries Champion, six wins out of eight

2000 Won Italian and European Formula Renault titles

1999 Brazilian Formula Chevrolet Champion

1990 Made his karting debut

 

ROC HIGHLIGHTS

Years contested: 2004-2005, 2015, 2017 (4)

2017 SF, Race Of Champions

2005 SF, ‘Racing’ section of the Race Of Champions

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I’m delighted to be coming back to the ROC for the first time in ten years. I really enjoyed my appearances in Paris and I’m overdue a return to meet up with many of the world’s best racers from all the different championships.

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