Felipe Massa is one of several passionate, competitive Brazilian drivers who hail from São Paulo, the racing hub of Brazil. Like his more prominent predecessors Emerson Fittipaldi and Ayrton Senna, Massa is known to be a lion-hearted competitor but is yet to explore the depths of his talent the way the two former Brazilian champions did.
The Ferrari driver made his entry into the sport with Sauber in 2002. He retired in half the races that year but not without proving that he was furiously fast. He showed this skill many times in his career, notably when he outraced his champion teammate Jacques Villeneuve repeatedly in 2005. Massa was handed a race seat at Ferrari as a result of his potential.
The scarlet car was set afire as Felipe Massa raced to two victories on his way to third place in the drivers' championship. In 2007, he had more success but was overshadowed by his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, who clinched the title that year. The following season gave him his best result as he finished second in the standings behind Lewis Hamilton.
In 2009, Massa was forced out mid-season due to a freak accident that he was involved in during the qualifying session of the Hungarian GP. Most critics wrote him off but he proved otherwise the following year. He led the 2010 championship - albeit for a brief moment - in the early part of season. Later, he was dogged of being the number 2 driver in the team after Ferrari's antics in the German GP.
2011 was a much worse season as he failed to step on the podium and could not even finish higher than fifth in a race, placing his future with Ferrari in doubt.