Former Ferrari Formula 1 pilot Felipe Mass is making his way to Formula E (f*** that’s a lot of Fs).
Hinted at in Spain
Massa was interviewed by F1 TV commentator, Martin Brundle, at last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. When asked if he’s planning a return to competition Massa hinted that he’s looking into Formula E.
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Just this week the Brazilian signed a three-year deal to drive for the Venturi team. At the event he said:
“I’m very happy to be joining the Venturi Formula E Team and the Formula E championship, which has become a magnificent competition in such a short space of time. For some years now, I’ve been clear about my interest in this innovative, forward-looking discipline that’s developing exponentially. I especially like the format of race meetings, the city-centre circuits and the contact with the fans. I can’t wait to take part in testing at the end of the month.”
Massa will be competing in the striking new, Gen2 Formula E single-seater as seen in the images above
Joining his counterparts
The 11-time F1 winner joins several other former Formula One pilots who have made Formula E their happy hunting ground.
The current field includes Lucas di Grassi, Sebastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet, Nick Heidfeld, Kamui Kobayashi, Jean-Eric Vergne, and Jerome d’Ambrosio.
With several manufacturers already involved, and a few more set to join the ranks (including Mercedes and Porsche) perhaps we’ll see more F1 drivers make the transition to the all-electric series.
Massa is an accomplished driver, having won the Formula 3000 championship before moving to F1. In the top class he raced for Sauber before joining Scuderia Ferrari as a test driver in 2003. He partnered Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso at Ferrari before moving to Williams.
During his F1 career, the Brazilian managed a 269 starts, 41 podiums and 11 wins whilst driving for Sauber (2002, 2004–2005), Ferrari (2006–2013), Williams (2014–2017).