At the age of nine the Brazilian driver was already behind a wheel. After his successes in kart racing he participated in the Brazilian Championship of the Formula Chevrolet, winning the title one year later, in 1999.
Felipe’s successes continued as he took part and won the Italian Formula Renault Championship in 2000. The following year he won the European F3000 Championship. In 2001 he signed a contract with Ferrari and tested for the first time behind the wheel of a Formula 1 single-seater, with Sauber. In the year 2002 Felipe had his debut in the world of Formula 1 at the Australian GP with Sauber-Petronas. At the end of the season he had gained four points and started his work as Ferrari test-driver, his full-time occupation in the following season.
In the following season he was back at Sauber-Petronas, where he had signed a two-year contract. In 2006 he finally had the opportunity to race for the Scuderia Ferrari and won two races including his home Grand Prix becoming the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna. He almost won the 2008 Drivers’ World Championship after a long title battle with Lewis Hamilton, but finally ended the season on the second place, just one point behind
Driver standings1 Sebastian Vettel 89 2 Kimi Räikkönen 85 3 Fernando Alonso 72 4 Lewis Hamilton 50 5 Felipe Massa 45 6 Mark Webber 42 7 Paul Di Resta 26 8 Romain Grosjean 26 9 Nico Rosberg 22 10 Jenson Button 17 11 Sergio Perez 12 12 Daniel Ricciardo 7 13 Adrian Sutil 6 14 Nico Hulkenberg 5 15 Jean-Eric Vergne 1 16 Jules Bianchi 0 17 Valtteri Bottas 0 18 Max Chilton 0 19 Esteban Gutierrez 0 20 Pastor Maldonado 0 21 Charles Pic 0 22 Giedo Van Der Garde 0
|1||Australia||Mar. 17||Scuderia Ferrari||4||4||12||12|
|2||Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||Mar. 24||Scuderia Ferrari||2||5||10||22|
|3||China||Shanghai||Apr. 14||Scuderia Ferrari||5||6||8||30|
|4||Bahreïn||Sakhir||Apr. 21||Scuderia Ferrari||4||15||0||30|
|5||Spain||Catalunya||May 12||Scuderia Ferrari||9||3||15||45|