Massa set for 200th grand prix at Silverstone

Massa set for 200th grand prix at Silverstone

0979LB1D4052This weekend’s British Grand Prix will mark the 200th start for one of the sport’s most popular drivers: Williams’ Felipe Massa.

The Brazilian driver made his F1 debut back in 2002 for Sauber, but he spent the good part of his F1 career with Ferrari, having raced for the Italian marque between 2006 and 2013. However, at the end of last season, he was dropped in favour of Kimi Raikkonen, allowing him to find a change of scenery at Williams.

With the British team, Massa has looked like a new man. With the weight of the world off his shoulders, he is enjoying his racing, and this showed in Austria as he claimed a surprise pole position before eventually finishing the race in fourth place.

After a career of ups and downs, hitting the magic #200 mark means a lot to the diminutive Brazilian.

“Silverstone will be a special race, not just because it is the team’s home race, but also because I shall celebrate my 200th Grand Prix,” he said. “British fans are passionate about Formula 1 and it will be great to see the support for the team.

“Silverstone is a very quick track and good downforce is needed. I really like the Maggotts-Becketts complex; it’s a really fast part of the track and very important to get right.

“It will be interesting to see if we can maintain the pace we had in Austria, but the main focus will be on getting some good points.”

Although it will be Massa’s 200th start, this weekend will be his 202nd grand prix weekend. He failed to start the 2005 United States Grand Prix when the Michelin-shod cars withdrew from the race on safety grounds, and he also did not start the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix after his accident during qualifying that ruled him out for the rest of the season.

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Luke Smith

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