Massa on his big F1 break with Ferrari


Massa’s F1 career has been marked by 11 Grand Prix victories, 41 podiums, 16 pole positions and 15 fastest laps. He came to a point in the 2008 world championship, only denied by Lewis Hamilton of McLaren in the last lap of the last race at Interlagos.

In this video clip, Massa reveals how his connection to Ferrari started and how he had to keep it a secret for everyone except his immediate family members.

“I won the Italian and European championships [Formula Renault 2.0] the same year, “says Massa. “So, I had a lot of people trying to contract me. This guy organized a meeting for me in Maranello with Ferrari. And I didn’t know it then, but they were watching everything I was doing – testing, telemetry, racing, everything.

“Then they said” OK, what we’re going to do is sign a contract with you as a young driver for Ferrari “- which they never did before -” but you can’t say to no one, it must be secret. ”

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

“So I signed a contract with Ferrari for eight years and I couldn’t tell anyone! Only my family. It was really hard.

“Then I ran to Sauber, still with Ferrari engines, then I got this call to say that Ferrari had made a decision, and they had decided on me, so I ran for Ferrari in 2006. For it was like a dream come true. “

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