Felipe Massa nearly produced Scuderia Ferrari’s most recent World Championship in 2008 before losing it once Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in fifth at that year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
A sporting hero in Brazil who received the moment his career deserved after his accident took him out of last week’s Brazilian Grand Prix has now received a sporting gesture of thanks and farewell from Ferrari going into his final race, at this week’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s message reads as follows:
“The whole of Ferrari sends its greetings to Felipe Massa on his last competitive weekend of Formula 1. Felipe has been connected to the Scuderia for over 10 years including eight as a race driver featuring 11 wins, 15 pole positions, 36 podiums and very nearly the world title in 2008. His competitive qualities and great passion have made him one of the Scuderia drivers most loved by fans around the world.
“We send a big thanks to you Felipe for these wonderful years together, for the generosity that has always marked you on track and off, and for how you have successfully combined humanity and professionalism in a complex environment such as Formula 1.
“Obrigado Felipe, good luck for your future projects and a big hug to you and your wonderful family from all of us at Ferrari.”
Massa won all 11 of his Grands Prix with Ferrari between 2006 and 2008; his stint with the Scuderia ran from 2006 through 2013 as a race driver, before his final act these last three years with Williams Martini Racing. He is set to make his 250th and final Grand Prix start this weekend.