massa1.jpgName: Felipe Massa
Designation: Scuderia Ferrari pilot
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Born: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Birth Date: April 25, 1981
Star Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Brazilian

Marital Status: Married
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Felipe Massa began his career in motor racing at just 8 years old when he finished fourth in the Sao Paulo Karting series Micro-Kart category. The following year he came sixth and the year after he finished in 3rd place. He continued driving Karts up until he was 17 years old where he debuted in the Formula Chevrolet series in Brazil finishing fifth overall in his first season. The following year at just 18 he went on to clinch the championship.

In 2000, Felipe took part and won the Formula Renault Italian Series Championship and the following year added yet another title to his name in the Formula Renault European Series Championship. In 2001 at just 19 he clinched the European F3000 title with just one race remaining.

At 20 years old he made his Formula 1 debut at Albert Park in Australia for the Sauber Petronas team. He proved to be on many occasions a fast driver if a little erratic and at the end of the year Peter Sauber the team boss suggested Felipe should go to work as a test driver for a year to improve his undersanding of the technical aspects of the sport.

Thus began Felipe’s relationship with Ferrari. After a year as a test driver at Ferrari, Felipe returned to F1 for Sauber to partner first Giancarlo Fisichella in 2004 and then Jacques Villeneuve during 2005, upstaging the previous world champion on more than one occasion.

When the announcement came that Rubens Barrichello was leaving Ferrari for Honda, Felipe became the natural choice to replace him having already worked with the test team and in 2006 he began his F1 career in earnest. Although the season started out a little wobbly for Felipe by the end of 2006 he had settled down and even managed to win two races in his first year. Working alongside 7 times world champion Michael Schumacher and the rest of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Team Felipe has grown in stature and learnt alot, which should stand in him good stead for his future at Ferrari.

Outside of Formula 1 Felipe says he is a just a normal guy. He likes listening to music and going to the theatre, has a penchant for Mob films that star Robert De Niro (his favourite actor) and also thoroughly enjoys the American TV series 24H. He also enjoys playing on his playstation, playing football and even enjoys shopping!

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