Felipe Massa, a broken promise



Felipe Massa was born in São Paulo on April 25, 1981. As his surname suggests, the Massa family is of Italian origin, his grandfather emigrating from Cerignola, in Puglia, in the 1920s.


During his long career in Formula 1 Massa will race at the wheel of Sauber, Ferrari and Williams, and will take eleven wins, sixteen pole positions and will climb the podium forty-one times, scoring over 1000 World Championship points. After Michael Schumacher and Kimi Räikkönen he is the driver to have raced more seasons, eight straight, and more Grand Prix, 139, at the wheel of Ferrari in Formula 1.


Massa began racing karts at the age of nine, continuing until his debut in 1998 in the Brazilian Formula Chevrolet championship where he finished fifth and then won it the following season. In 2000 he moved to Europe to compete in the Italian and European Formula Renault, winning both championships. Instead of continuing with Formula 3 he prefers to compete in the Formula 3000 Euro-Series championship dominating the championship with six wins in eight races.


Given the excellent results obtained in September 2001, he was offered to take part in some tests with Sauber on the Mugello circuit. The Brazilian driver recorded excellent lap times, so much so that the Swiss team decided to hire him for the 2002 season, offering him an annual contract with an option for the next two years in favor of the Swiss team. Although his speed is evident, Massa shows inexperience in the first season and his best result is a fifth place at the Spanish Grand Prix.



In 2003 he was turned to Ferrari as a test driver, before returning to the Swiss team in 2004 alongside the Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella, taking fourth place at the Belgian Grand Prix as his best result. Confirmed for 2005, Massa repeats the best result of his career with a fourth place at the Canadian Grand Prix, in a year lacking in results for the Swiss team, which was preparing to transform itself into the BMW Sauber.


Given his past as a test driver, Massa was chosen as a Scuderia Ferrari driver for the 2006 season to replace fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello, alongside seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher. With Ferrari he takes the first podium, a third place at the Nürburgring, and subsequently completes the Ferrari double at the United States Grand Prix. He is still third in the French Grand Prix, only to reach the first victory of his career, accompanied by the first pole position, at the Turkish Grand Prix.


He wins the last race of the 2006 season at Interlagos after taking pole position and leading the race alone. The last Brazilian to do the same at home was the legend Ayrton Senna. In the end, he finished third in the World Championship, behind champion Alonso and his teammate Schumacher, in the last season of his career in Ferrari.



In 2007, after Schumacher's retirement, the Brazilian was joined by Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen at the wheel of a Ferrari. After having had gearbox problems in the opening race in Australia, which finished in sixth place, Massa managed to take pole position in Malaysia, but due to a mistake he finished fifth. After the first two races he manages to win in Bahrain and Spain and to finish the next four Grands Prix (with the exception of Canada) on the podium.


In the second part of the season, however, apart from a success in Turkey, his results are not at the level of the first due to problems with the car and some individual errors. He still manages to conquer six pole positions this season, the best with Hamilton, and proves to be fundamental for the conquest of the Raikkonen title, giving him the victory in Brazil. Before the last Grand Prix of the season, his renewal with Ferrari until 2010 is announced.



The 2008 season for the Brazilian driver did not start in the best way, with two retirements in the first two races. In Bahrain, after taking second place in qualifying, he will be able to overtake poleman Kubica and get his first win of the season. After a second place in Spain, behind Kimi Räikkönen, in Turkey he conquers the pole position and wins the race, reaching seven points from the top of the world championship that sees Räikkönen in the lead, with 35 points.


In subsequent world events, however, he fails to obtain significant results: at the Monaco Grand Prix, after starting in front of everyone, he comes third due to his mistake, while in Canada, with a race conditioned by numerous retirements including those of Hamilton and Räikkönen, the Brazilian is the victim of a technical problem during the first pit stop that forces him to repeat the stop, losing some positions.


However, the Brazilian recovered several positions, finally finishing fifth and reaching the second position in the world drivers' standings, behind the Polish Robert Kubica, winner of the Grand Prix. The Brazilian returns to victory in France, also thanks to the rupture of an exhaust of the engine of his teammate Räikkönen, and hits the third success of the season, reaching the top of the standings.


At the next appointment at the Silverstone Circuit, however, in which rain and clear weather conditions alternate, he runs into a colourless race, finishing thirteenth after having been the protagonist of five spins. He still manages to keep the lead in the standings, even if on equal points with Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton.


In the following German Grand Prix, Massa finished third, and lost the leadership of the World Championship, to Hamilton's advantage, while in Hungary, after dominating the entire race, he was forced to retire with three laps to go due to engine failure. He therefore finds himself in third place in the world championship, but immediately manages to get back on his feet on the occasion of the European Grand Prix, where he obtains Pole, victory and fastest lap, thus making a Hat Trick, thus finding himself in second position in the championship at only six lengths from Hamilton. In the following Belgian Grand Prix, at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Massa obtained another victory, albeit due to a penalty inflicted on his championship rival Hamilton.


The race, dominated by Räikkönen up to four laps from the end, is characterized in its final part by the appearance of rain. Hamilton manages to recover the disadvantage against the Finn, who ends his race hitting a wall. Lewis Hamilton, the Brazilian and Nick Heidfeld crossed the finish line. After the award ceremony, the FIA ​​meets to evaluate the conduct of the race of the British of the Silver Arrows and of Timo Glock. The ruling will take away the victory from Hamilton and the eighth place from the Toyota driver. Felipe Massa can thus celebrate his first victory on the Ardennes circuit and see his disadvantage in the standings reduced compared to the other contenders for the world title.



In the new Singapore city track, Massa again manages to start from pole and in the race imposes a very high pace, but on the fifteenth lap Nelson Piquet Jr., who is navigating in the lower parts of the classification, hits a wall forcing the Safety Car to intervene. The driver is then brought back to pit, but a Ferrari mechanic makes a mistake in activating the traffic light in the pit causing Massa to start early, carrying all the petrol pump with him and running the risk of crashing into a Force India.


Because of this mistake, Massa finished only thirteenth, so that the Brazilian driver was chasing with 77 points against Hamilton's 84 three races from the end of the championship. In the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying turns out to be bitter for Massa, only fifth, while his rival Hamilton is on pole. At the start Räikkönen manages to pass just Hamilton, however, leaving him the opportunity to recover his head.


The two in the heat miss the braking point at the first and second corners, thus losing positions. Hamilton finds himself right behind Massa and manages to pass him shortly after, but the Brazilian in a duel ends up hitting the McLaren driver while passing through a chicane, forcing him to follow the group of drivers before returning to the track.


Judging the maneuver too dangerous, the commissioners sanction Massa with a Drive Through, a fate that also occurred to Hamilton due to the duel at the start with Räikkönen. The victory thus goes back to Alonso, while Massa does not go beyond the eighth place, which later became seventh following the penalty of Sébastien Bourdais, due to a dangerous overtaking out of the pits against Massa who, hit, must do facing a spin.


Having lost two points in the Chinese Grand Prix, Massa enters the Brazilian Grand Prix seven points behind Hamilton: the Brazilian can win the title again, if Hamilton does not go beyond fifth place, or by finishing second with the Englishman eighth.


After dominating a daring Grand Prix, the conquest of the world championship seems to have been made. Hamilton, sixth, just overtaken by Vettel, overtakes Glock with four corners from the end of the race, who is in the first positions having not made the pit stop tire change even though rain was forecast for the last laps. In fact, the Toyota driver had saved the time necessary for the pit, but he found himself with dry tires in a wet track situation.


Hamilton easily managed to overtake him and to finish fifth, keeping only one point ahead of Massa in the world rankings, becoming World Champion.



The 2009 season did not start well, also due to the car fielded by Ferrari (the F60) which did not live up to the fame of the Maranello cars: in the first round of the season, he won a disappointing seventh place in qualifying and then retired on lap 45 of the race. for steering problems. In the following Malaysian Grand Prix, called to redeem himself, he obtained excellent times in free practice but was eliminated in Q1 of qualifying with the sixteenth time; during the daring race (suspended due to the rain after 31 of the 56 laps) he managed to recover some positions but only ranked ninth. In the third round of the season, he still disappoints expectations by finishing in thirteenth place in qualifying and collecting the second retirement in three races due to gearbox problems.


Even in Bahrain things did not improve and Massa finished the race thirteenth due to a contact at the start with Räikkönen. However, in the following races, Ferrari seems to slowly regain competitiveness: it always scores points, sixth in Spain, fourth in Monaco, sixth in Turkey and again fourth in Great Britain after starting eleventh from the grid. The first podium of the season arrives at the Nurburgring, where Felipe comes third after a comeback of five places.



On July 25, 2009, during the second qualifying session of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Massa, while traveling at about 200 km / h driving his car, was hit in the head by a spring weighing about 800 grams, which broke away from the compatriot's Brawn GP. Rubens Barrichello. As a result of this accident, the Brazilian driver reported a concussion with a fracture in the left supraorbital area and a cut to his forehead. Transported by helicopter to the nearby hospital in Budapest, Felipe is operated on, and his condition defined as serious but stable by the doctors and in any case not life threatening. On the morning of July 26th, a CT scan done to the pilot gives a negative result and no brain lesions are highlighted.


After the post-operative course, Massa undergoes a series of neurological exams, coordinated by the FIA ​​delegate doctor, held in Paris on October 10, 2009. Following the positive results obtained, Massa returns on October 12th driving a Formula car. 1, the Ferrari F2007 in tests at Fiorano. At the Brazilian Grand Prix he was given the task of waving the checkered flag.


For 2010 the Brazilian driver is reconfirmed as the starting driver alongside the Spaniard Fernando Alonso. On March 14, 2010, on the occasion of the inaugural Formula 1 race, he finished second behind his teammate Fernando Alonso, achieving the first double win for Ferrari. In the Australian Grand Prix, Massa got on the podium despite the overtaking suffered by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. In the Malaysian Grand Prix, Massa reached the finish line seventh and overtook his teammate Alonso (retired due to engine failure) to take the lead, but in the Chinese Grand Prix he finished the race ninth and gave the leadership to Jenson Button. In Spain and Monaco he comes in sixth and fourth, while in the Turkish Grand Prix he comes in only seventh, ahead of his teammate.


In Canada, after a good start, he is involved in an accident with Vitantonio Liuzzi and, forced to replace the front wing, he tries a comeback; a few laps from the end he is eleventh behind Michael Schumacher but, in an attempt to overtake him, he damages the front wing and ends fifteenth. Meanwhile Massa extends his contract with the Maranello team until 2011. In Germany and Hungary, the Brazilian driver wins respectively a second and a fourth place, helping to acquire points for Ferrari in the constructors' championship. At Hockenheim he has to give the victory to Alonso by order of the team, and relations between the two are irreparably damaged and Felipe's performance will suffer a lot in the years to come.



He regains fourth place in Belgium. With Ferrari proving to be competitive in Monza, Massa climbed onto the podium by taking third place, his best result in the Italian Grand Prix, behind McLaren driver Jenson Button and teammate Fernando Alonso. Not too lucky Massa in Singapore: due to an electronics problem he did not register any timed times and ranks on the last row on the grid. Thanks to the use of the tire change with the Safety Car on the track, Massa will go until the end of the race finishing in tenth place, but thanks to the twenty-second penalty of Adrian Sutil and Nicolas Hülkenberg for cutting turn 7 and gaining an advantage in ninth respectively and tenth, Felipe ranks eighth, taking four points.


In Japan, after starting from eleventh place, he goes off the track at the first corner, forcing the Italian Vitantonio Liuzzi to retire. Felipe in Korea ranks third after a race characterized by rain. In Brazil, Massa started from ninth place and finished fifteenth after a difficult race also caused by the error of the mechanics at the first pit stop who screwed the front right tire of the Brazilian's car badly. In the last round of the year, in Abu Dhabi, Massa started from sixth place and ended the race in tenth place, after a colourless race within the group, due to a poor strategy by the pit wall which also penalized team mate Fernando Alonso who in the same race saw the dream of the world title vanish.


Confirmed at Ferrari also for 2011, Massa begins the season by obtaining a ninth place (which later became seventh thanks to the disqualification of the Sauber drivers) in the Australian Grand Prix, in which he set the fastest lap in the race. In the next two races, in China and Malaysia, the Brazilian driver comes respectively in fifth and sixth position, ahead of his teammate Alonso on both occasions.


This was followed by a disappointing eleventh place in the Turkish Grand Prix and two consecutive retirements in Spain and Monaco, in the first case due to a gearbox failure and in the second due to an accident. In the lively Canadian Grand Prix, Massa, starting from third position on the grid, reached sixth place, beating Kamui Kobayashi on the finish line by just 45 thousandths. In the following three races the Brazilian driver collects three fifth places and in Hungary, before the summer break, a sixth place with fastest lap in the race. He finishes only eighth in Belgium, protagonist of a bad performance also due to a puncture in a tire and sixth in Monza after a contact with Mark Webber in the early stages of the race.



In the toughest Grand Prix of the season in Singapore, he finishes ninth after being injured by Lewis Hamilton on the right rear wheel and only seventh in Japan after being in the slipstream of the best in the first stage of the race. In Korea he comes sixth for the fifth time this season. In India, at the Buddh International Circuit, he ends the race after thirty-two laps for having broken the front left suspension by taking the curb of the chicane of turn 9 badly. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo formally confirms him as Ferrari's starter driver also for the season 2012 on the occasion of the Mugello World Finals. He finishes fifth in Abu Dhabi, the penultimate test of the season. Same position in Brazil, last race of the season and his home grand prix, where, among other things, he celebrated his 100th Grand Prix with Ferrari.


Massa begins the 2012 season already under examination due to the declarations of Luca di Montezemolo and Stefano Domenicali regarding the possibility of renewing the contract. For the first three races of the season the Brazilian fails to score points but the situation changes in Bahrain where, after starting from fourteenth position he manages to finish ninth and get two points. In Spain, also thanks to a drive trough by the commissioners and a bad pit-stop strategy, the situation is not very rosy with fifteenth place at the end of the race. At the Monaco Grand Prix he manages for the first time this season to arrive in Q3, qualifying in seventh position.


In the race he has a good pace which earned him the sixth position, his best result in the first six races of the season. He also scores points in Canada, but this time, due to a strategy that will also penalize team mate Fernando Alonso, he finishes tenth. In the British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, he was the author of a brilliant race and after several duels with Schumacher and Räikkönen he finished fourth, touching the podium and confirming Ferrari's good moment. In Germany, after an accident at the start that made him drop back to twenty-fourth position, he began to recover, overtaking twelve riders and finishing twelfth.


Proof of Massa's very difficult moment is his confrontation with Alonso in qualifying after ten Grands Prix: ten to zero for the Spaniard. The Brazilian is still the best starter of the season with eighteen positions gained at the start. Meanwhile, at the end of July Ferrari's option on the Brazilian's contract renewal expires. At the Belgian Grand Prix, he managed a good race starting fourteenth and finishing fifth ahead of Mark Webber, taking home ten points and helping his teammate Fernando Alonso, retired early in the race, in the fight for the title. In the Italian Grand Prix, Felipe achieved an excellent qualifying, ahead of his teammate Alonso for the first time this season.


In the race he makes a good start coming close to Hamilton in first place. After having held second place for a long time, he is overtaken by Button (who would have retired a few laps later) by Alonso and Perez, finishing in fourth place and touching the podium. At the Singapore Grand Prix the Brazilian was the victim of a puncture caused by the Russian Vitalij Petrov. This puncture will force him to immediately return to the pits, but then the Ferrari driver is the author of a great comeback that will earn him the eighth position in the standings. In Japan Massa returns to the podium finishing second, after starting tenth, the first time since Korea 2010. In the following Korean Grand Prix Massa comes fourth behind his teammate Fernando Alonso.



The good results obtained in the second half of the season push Ferrari to confirm it also for 2013. In the last races of the season the Brazilian confirms the good moment of form, reaching points in both India and Abu Dhabi. In the United States Grand Prix Massa beats his teammate in qualifying for the second time this season, but was deliberately penalized by the team to allow Alonso, battling for the world championship, to start on the clean side of the track. The Brazilian driver ends the race in fourth position, behind Alonso himself.


Also in the home race Massa is faster than Alonso in qualifying, helping and defending the Asturian in the early stages of the race (his maneuver that leads Alonso to double overtaking Webber and the Brazilian is memorable) closing the Grand Prix in third position and winning the second podium of the season. The title, however, once again eluded Ferrari, while Massa finished the championship in seventh position, with 122 points.



Confirmed in Scuderia Ferrari also for 2013, Massa starts the season with a fourth place in Australia, after starting in qualifying in front of his teammate Alonso; with the Melbourne race, despite himself, he surpassed the record for consecutive races in Ferrari without obtaining victories, sixty-eight, beating the previous record of sixty-seven that belonged to Jean Alesi. In Malaysia, the Brazilian returns to the front row, qualifying again ahead of Alonso (the last time Massa started from the front row was in the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix); in the race, also due to a bad start, he finished fifth. Even in China, after an attacking start to the race, he has to settle for 6th position due to the traffic and the lack of grip.


In Bahrain he ends the race in the rear, due to two punctures. In Spain, he suffers a penalty for hindering Mark Webber in qualifying, being set back and forced to start ninth on the grid; however in the race he manages to recover up to third place, thus conquering the first podium of the season. At the Monaco Grand Prix, following a bad accident at the Sainte Devote corner, he did not take part in qualifying, thus starting last; in the race he was forced to retire after thirty laps due to an accident with similar dynamics caused by problems with the front left suspension. In the following weekend, in the Canadian Grand Prix, he qualified sixteenth; in the race Massa, after a good recovery, conquers the eighth final position.



In the British Grand Prix, the Brazilian driver did not go beyond twelfth on the grid in qualifying. In the race, after a good start, he is reluctantly protagonist (together with other drivers) of punctures caused by debris on the track, which make him fall up to the twenty-second position; taking advantage of the race strategy and the various inputs of the safety car, he manages to reassemble the group and to finish the British test sixth. After retiring during the early stages of the German Grand Prix, Massa concludes eight consecutive races in the points area, winning two fourth places in Italy and India.


The streak of races concluded in the points area ends in the USA with a disappointing twelfth place, also thanks to the poor competitiveness of the Ferrari F138. He returns to the points area in his home Grand Prix but, after having occupied the fourth position for most of the race, he will finish only seventh due to a penalty imposed on the Brazilian for having crossed the line that delimits the entrance to the pit several times lane.


The season ends with 112 points in eighth place: on September 10, 2013, after the Italian Grand Prix, he announced his farewell to Scuderia Ferrari after eight years, starting from the following season. Thus ends Massa's adventure in Ferrari, who with the Maranello cars won a total of eleven wins, fourteen fastest laps, fifteen pole positions, 789 points and a second place obtained in 2008 as the best overall result.


About two months later, on November 11th, Williams announced the hiring of the Brazilian starting in 2014, replacing Pastor Maldonado.



The beginning of the 2014 championship is alternating phases for the Brazilian, who in Melbourne, home to the first Grand Prix of the year, is forced to retire from the first corner after being hit by Kamui Kobayashi. Two seventh places follow in Malaysia and Bahrain; on the first occasion Massa is the protagonist of a heated radio exchange with his team, who asks him to give up the position to teammate Valtteri Bottas, an order to which the Brazilian will refuse to obey. In China, the Brazilian was slowed down by a problem with his tire change, which caused him to sink to the rear while he was in sixth position. The Brazilian driver returns to the points in Monaco, where he takes another seventh place after recovering from sixteenth on the grid.


In Canada, however, Massa is involved in a violent accident in the final stages of the race, while he was competing for fourth place with Sergio Pérez, leaving unharmed. In Austria he won his sixteenth pole position six years after his last, obtained in the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. This will also be the only pole conquered by a team other than Mercedes throughout the season. In the race, however, he was unable to confirm the result, being overtaken first by the Mercedes of Rosberg and Hamilton and later also by his teammate Bottas and finishing the race in fourth position.



Two accident withdrawals followed in Great Britain and Germany. On the first occasion Massa spun his car so as not to hit that of Kimi Räikkönen from the front who, without control, crossed his trajectory, but had to retire due to the damage suffered by his car in the impact. In the second case, the Brazilian driver comes into contact with Kevin Magnussen's McLaren shortly after the start, again having to retire.


Massa returns to points in Hungary, where he crosses the finish line in fifth position, then conquering the first podium of the season in the Italian Grand Prix, finished in third position. The Brazilian driver replicates this result in the Brazilian Grand Prix, closing the season with a second place in the final Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. These good results allow him to recover positions in the standings: at the end of the year Massa is in seventh place overall, with 134 points.



Massa opened 2015 with a points finish after a third place in qualifying ahead of the Ferraris and teammate Bottas, finishing fourth at the finish line in the inaugural Australian Grand Prix after a duel with Vettel. He also scores points in Malaysia, where he crosses the finish line in sixth position after being overtaken in the last laps by his teammate, and in China, where he wins a fifth place.


In Bahrain Massa is forced to leave the pit lane due to a problem with a sensor, which prevents the starting of his car. The comeback was complicated by a contact in the early stages of the race, in which the flat bottom of the car was damaged, and the Brazilian driver had to settle for tenth place. He reaches the podium again in the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Vettel, after resisting him in the final.


In the following British Grand Prix he finished fourth after leading the race up to the twentieth lap, then being overtaken by Hamilton and missing the podium due to a wrong strategy in the final race, after the change in the track weather conditions. He then finished twelfth in Hungary after leading the entire race with a problem with his car. In Italy he reaches the podium for the second time this season, finishing third. After two races without points, in Russia he comes fourth, after a good comeback.


In his home Grand Prix he experiences a difficult weekend dictated by the difficulty in finding a good setting for the car after the recent changes to the circuit curbs. After a discreet qualifying that saw him conquer the third row, he was disqualified after the end of the race, which ended in eighth place, due to the pressure of his front right that did not respect the limits imposed by the federation. In the final Grand Prix, that of Abu Dhabi, he comes eighth. He ends the season in sixth place in the overall standings, behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas. During the season he has totalled two third places (Austria and Italy) and finishes with 121 points.



In 2016 Massa opens the season with a fifth place in Australia, after starting from sixth place. In Bahrain, after occupying second place in the first laps, he finished eighth due to a wrong choice of tires (Williams only used medium tires). In China, despite a bad qualifying, closed in eleventh position, he finished sixth, thanks to a more conservative strategy. In Russia he finishes fifth, after starting from the fourth box. The next three Grands Prix saw Massa collect just six points, due to an eighth place in Spain, a retirement in Canada and two tenths in Monaco and Azerbaijan, dropping to ninth in the drivers' standings. In Austria and Great Britain he closes out of the points.


In Hungary, a mistaken strategy by Williams in qualifying relegates him to the last rows: in the race the Brazilian driver is unable to recover positions, finishing eighteenth. In Germany, he started tenth, was hit by Jolyon Palmer and damaged his aerodynamics, Massa retired after passing the race in the middle of the group. In Belgium he finishes tenth.


On September 1st, 2016, in the press conference preceding the Italian Grand Prix, he announced his desire to end the season and then retire from Formula 1. In the weekend Brianza ends the race in ninth place, after starting eleventh. He doesn't get points in Singapore and Malaysia. He later won two ninth places in Japan and Mexico and a seventh in the United States. For his last home Grand Prix, Massa retires due to an accident in the pit straight. He closes the season in eleventh place in the overall standings, with 53 points.



On January 16, 2017, after the official transfer of Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes, the Brazilian is recalled by Williams for another season in Formula 1. Massa opens the season with a sixth place in Australia, a placement repeated in Bahrain; in the middle the fourteenth place in China. In the Russian Grand Prix he finished in ninth place, after being forced to an extra stop due to a puncture. The two sixth places won at the beginning of the championship remain the best results of the season. In Baku Massa, who started from ninth position, finds himself fighting for the top positions, climbing back to the edge of the podium halfway through the race: however, the Brazilian driver has to retire due to a problem with a shock absorber, losing the chance to fight for the victory. After two consecutive points finishes in Austria and Silverstone, Massa was forced to forfeit at the Hungarian Grand Prix due to a malaise he felt at the end of free practice, giving way to Paul di Resta.


The Brazilian driver returns to the wheel in the following Belgian Grand Prix, finishing in eighth position. In the final part of the season Massa almost always crosses the finish line in the points zone: with the exception of the Singapore Grand Prix and the Mexican Grand Prix, in which the Brazilian driver is penalized respectively by an incorrect choice of strategy and a puncture in the first competition phases.


On November 4, 2017 Massa announces his definitive retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the season with a post on Twitter. The Brazilian driver closes the season by confirming the eleventh place overall in 2016, but with ten points less than the previous season.



From the 2018-2019 season Massa participates in the Formula E championship with the Venturi Grand Prix team, with which he has signed a three-year contract. After a difficult start, starting from the 2019 Mexico City E-Prix he reaches points in five races on seo, and in Monaco he finishes third, obtaining his first podium in the electric series. He ends the season with 36 points.


In the following season he continues to race with Venturi in the electric category. The first points come in the third race, in Santiago del Chile, in which he takes a final ninth place.


Andrea Rasponi

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