Felipe Massa celebrates 200th GP at Silverstone

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Felipe Massa will celebrate his 200th grand prix today at Silverstone.

The Brazilian driver becomes just the 15th driver to reach the double century mark in F1, but he is disappointed to be starting down in 15th place after a strategy error in qualifying yesterday.

“It was really a missed opportunity to get the car in a good position for tomorrow,” Massa said after qualifying. “We didn’t expect the rain and the track was drying so we had to get the lap in.

“The moment it started raining again, that was it, it was over. We have a lot to do tomorrow and it will not be easy but the car is quicker than where we are.”

Massa made his F1 debut back in 2002 with Sauber, but spent the majority of his F1 career with Ferrari. He joined the Italian marque in 2006, and came within one lap of winning the 2008 world championship, only to be denied by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

In 2009, Massa suffered severe head injuries during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix when he was hit by an errant spring. He missed the second half of the season as a result, but returned to racing with Ferrari in 2010 before leaving at the end of last season.

Since joining Williams, he has looked rejuvenated and seems to be enjoying his racing again. After a difficult career, it is great to see one of F1’s most popular drivers hit the 200 mark.