Felipe Massa is a retired Brazilian Formula One racing driver who had a successful career in the sport. He was born on April 25, 1981, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Early Life and Career

Massa started his career at a young age racing go-karts and quickly moved up to become one of Brazil's top young drivers. He made his debut in Formula One in 2002 with Sauber before moving on to drive for Ferrari from 2006 until 2013.

During his time at Ferrari, he was part of two World Championship-winning teams (in 2007 and 2008) and finished as the runner-up in the Drivers' Championship in 2008.

Later Career

In later years, Massa also drove for Williams before retiring from Formula One racing at the end of the 2017 season. However, he has continued to compete in other motorsports competitions such as Formula E and Stock Car Brasil.

Accident

In July 2009, Massa suffered a frightening accident during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. A spring detached from another car's suspension system hit him on the helmet while he was traveling at high speeds, causing him to crash into a wall. He sustained serious head injuries but thankfully recovered after surgery and returned to action for Ferrari nine months later.

Retirement

Massa announced his retirement from F1 racing again at the end of the 2017 season but came out of retirement briefly when he signed with Williams for one more season in 2018.

Throughout his career, Felipe Massa has established himself as one of Brazil's most successful drivers ever - winning numerous races and awards over many years competing at motorsports' highest level.