F1: Williams has to make a big step to challenge Mercedes, says Massa

Felipe Massa admits Williams still has to make a big leap if the Grove team is to challenge Mercedes and Ferrari in 2016.The team finished third in the constructors' championship in 2014 and again last year, but Massa acknowledges that the next step is even harder, and downforce is the key."Both seasons were really, really good, but we want more," Massa said at the Autosport International...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Felipe Massa wants to stay in F1 after 2016

Felipe Massa has admitted there is no guarantee his Formula One career will continue after the forthcoming 2016 season. The Brazilian veteran's Williams contract ends this year, and while he has been competitive alongside the highly-rated Valtteri Bottas, Massa admitted that racing beyond 2016 is not certain. "I'll definitely be looking to stay in Formula One next season," the 34...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

F1: Massa adamant Williams tires were legal in Brazil

Felipe Massa is still persistent that his tires were fully legal in the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite the FIA excluding the Williams driver from his eighth place after a temperature and pressure anomaly was recorded before the race.Although Williams had data that supported its case, the team decided last week to drop its appeal on cost grounds, given it was the end of the season...
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November 26, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Williams opts not to appeal Massa's exclusion from Brazilian GP

Williams F1 Team has decided not to appeal against the FIA's decision to exclude Felipe Massa from his eighth place the Brazilian Grand Prix for a tire temperature and pressure irregularity.The team served notice to appeal on Sunday in Brazil and then had 96 hours to decide whether to go ahead. Although the team is convinced that it had not committed an offense and that it had the...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa loses eighth place in Brazil due to grid infraction

Felipe Massa has been excluded from the results of the Brazilian Grand Prix for a tire infringement, resulting in the loss of his eighth place finishThe decision benefits Romain Grosjean, Max Verstappen and Pastor Maldonado - moving up to eighth, ninth and 10th place respectively.Massa violated tire temperatures and pressures limits, which is checked on the grid before the start...
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November 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Hometown Massa would be happy just making podium in Brazil

SAO PAULO (AP) Regardless of his two previous victories at the Brazilian Grand Prix and predictions that his Williams car will be competitive on Sunday at Interlagos, veteran Brazilian driver Felipe Massa is aiming a bit lower. He'd be happy just to make the podium. Any finish in the top three would fine. Winning seems out of reach. ''Our fans have their feet on the ground,...
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November 12, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Williams concerned after failures in Austin

Williams believes it can find a solution to the unexpected suspension problem that caused both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa to retire in Austin.Bottas suffered a failure of the centrally-located rear inertia damper, or i-Damper, in Sunday morning qualifying, and in the race both drivers suffered repeats. The problem only emerged on race day as the drivers did more laps, and at...
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October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Hulkenberg, Massa quickest in free practice sessions in Sochi

FP1 and FP2 didn't go exactly as planned for drivers and teams in preparation for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom on Friday. Nico Hulkenberg led FP1, with all drivers participating in the session. Felipe Massa was quickest in FP2, as six drivers decided to not leave the pit area because of wet track conditions. A diesel spill on the track forced a 30-minute delay in FP1...
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October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa and Bottas to pair for third straight year at Williams

MONZA, Italy (AP) Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will pair for a third consecutive season as Williams' Formula One drivers, the team announced Thursday. Massa and Bottas currently sit fifth and sixth, respectively, in the drivers' standings. There had been speculation that Ferrari was interested in Bottas but that ended when Kimi Raikkonen renewed his contract with the Italian...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Massa and Bottas to pair for 3rd straight year at Williams

MONZA, Italy (AP) Williams has confirmed that Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas will pair for a third consecutive season as the team's Formula One drivers. Massa and Bottas currently sit fifth and sixth, respectively, in the drivers' standings. Massa, a 34-year-old from Brazil, joined Williams from Ferrari in 2014 and has had one pole and four podiums with the team. Bottas, a 26...
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September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Massa wants Williams F1 team to get on top of tire situation

Felipe Massa believes that Williams has to get on top of the tire situation after both he and teammate Valtteri Bottas stuggled for pace on the soft Pirellis in Belgium. The cars found speed after switching to mediums, and Massa was able to recover to sixth place, although his teammate was hampered by a drive-through penalty. "I'm not happy because I would say maybe the first 10...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Hammack: Is It Time Yet To Close The Open Cockpits of Indy Cars?

Race car drivers always know the worst can happen whenever they get behind the wheel, it goes with the job! This week the worst happened once again in Indy Car racing.  We have lost another race car driver due to injuries suffered from the result of an “open cockpit”! Justin Wilson was fatally injured by the carbon fiber nose cone that broke off and became airborne after Sage...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Williams duo comes up short after impressive British GP start

Rob Smedley, Head of Vehicle Performance at Williams, admits that the team was disappointed to miss out on a podium finish at Silverstone after running so strongly early in the race. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ran first and second initially, but eventually finished fourth and fifth after losing out badly in the rain-affected closing laps. "We know there is no magic to it,"...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa says Raikkonen suffering under Ferrari pressure

Felipe Massa has expressed his sympathy with Kimi Raikkonen, whose place at Ferrari is under threat. Having been through a similar situation, Massa knows what it's like to be at the Maranello team when things are not going to plan. “It's not nice to be in that position,” he said at Silverstone. “That's what I think it’s important to mention. For sure one of the problems Kimi...
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July 03, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Great break vs. bad brakes; Massa on podium as teammate struggles

Felipe Massa earned his first podium of the season - and the second for Williams - after he managed to keep Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari at bay in Austria. The German had been in front initially only to lose time with a wheel issue in the pits. Massa then had to stay in front for the second half of the race, and he was able to do so despite Vettel being less than a second behind in...
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June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Massa says modern F1 better than Senna era

Felipe Massa has cautioned that critics of current F1 have forgotten that the racing was not always close in the past. While discussing possible future rules changes, the Williams driver cited the Ayrton Senna and McLaren Honda era as an example of people looking back with rose-tinted spectacles at a time when one team was dominant. “When it was 20 years of Ayrton's crash I remember...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Felipe Massa almost runs over Ferrari F1 boss during practice

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene had a scare during the opening practice session on Friday at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, when he was almost ran over by Williams F1 driver Felipe Massa. Massa had raced for Ferrari from 2006-2013, and almost won the championship for them in 2008. However, he moved to Williams in 2014 after playing second fiddle to teammate Fernando Alonso at the...
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June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Massa hopeful of upstaging Mercedes in Austria GP qualifying

SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) Williams driver Felipe Massa has two objectives at the Austrian Grand Prix: Breaking 1,000 points, and ending Mercedes' dominance in qualifying again. One of those ambitions promises to be easier, considering the 34-year-old Brazilian driver already tallies 997 points. Beating Mercedes to pole position is another matter, considering that Mercedes is on the...
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June 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Groundhog Day: Animal wanders onto track at Canadian GP

MONTREAL (AP) A groundhog that scampered onto the track during the Canadian Grand Prix showed the quickness of a Formula One driver when it scurried away and avoided the oncoming racecars. The rodent had wandered onto the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when Felipe Massa came bearing down with two other cars in pursuit. Massa swerved to avoid it, and the scared animal returned to safety...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Hamilton claims pole for the Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took pole position by 0.309 seconds over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg during Saturday qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, while strong performances by Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas will see them start on the second row of the grid. Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa were the biggest disappointments in qualifying with Vettel suffering...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Verstappen defends himself against Massa criticism

Max Verstappen and Felipe Massa agreed to differ after the subject of the Dutchman's Monaco collision came up in the FIA press conference on Thursday – and the Toro Rosso youngster was not shy about defending himself. Massa, who had been critical of Verstappen immediately after the race, was asked to clarify his comments. “First of all, I said when I had the interview after the...
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June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa questions Verstappen's experience after Monaco crash

Felipe Massa has questioned Max Verstappen's level of experience after the Dutchman had a heavy crash in the Monaco GP. Verstappen hit the back of Romain Grosjean's Lotus and was launched into the barrier at Ste Devote. He subsequently received a five-place grid penalty for Canada, and two penalty points. Massa, whose race was spoiled by first lap contact with Nico Hulkenberg, believes...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa believes refuelling, faster cars will improve racing

Williams driver Felipe Massa says he supports the move towards the return of refuelling in 2017, as well as the push to have faster cars. The Brazilian is also keen on the plan for teams being able to choose which tire compounds to use - a change set to be introduved for next season. "I like the idea of refuelling because the race is quicker, the car is quicker," said Massa. "We...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa believes he's driving as well as he was in 2008

Williams’ head of performance Rob Smedley paid his old pal Felipe Massa a big compliment in China last week when he said that the Brazilian was driving better than ever in 2015. On Thursday, Massa was a little reticent when asked if he thought that was true. “What I can say is I'm pretty happy with the way we're working with the team, with my engineer, with everybody,” he said...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Massa still upbeat on Williams' prospects

Ferrari may have leapfrogged Williams in the chase of Mercedes, but Felipe Massa insists that the team is still in a strong position. The season has not got off to a perfect start operationally, and the absence of Valtteri Bottas from the Australian GP grid didn't help, but Massa says that the potential is still there. “I think we cannot complain about how we start the season,”...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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