Q&A: FELIPE MASSA

YTL Life - - My Life - Words RENYI LIM

What goes through your mind when you’re be­hind the wheel?

When I’m driv­ing my rac­ing car, I’m try­ing to do the best job I can by getting the best out of the car. I have to en­sure that ev­ery­thing works the right way, from the start, to qual­i­fy­ing and right through to the race it­self. I still get to en­joy the race­track, though. Malaysia’s For­mula One track has plenty of green­ery so it’s quite re­lax­ing, even if it does get very hot!

What’s your must-have ac­ces­sory while on the race­track?

I al­ways drive with a Richard Mille watch. It’s very light, a great ma­chine and proves that an ex­pen­sive watch should do what­ever you want it to. I’ve been an am­bas­sador for the brand since 2004 and Richard has be­come like fam­ily to me. I’m happy to see how much his com­pany has grown and to be a part of it.

Which cars do you drive in your own time?

Cars are my life, my job and my love. It’s so in­ter­est­ing to see as many new cars as pos­si­ble. The favourites from my col­lec­tion are my La­fer­rari and Fer­rari F40.

Name a per­fect va­ca­tion spot.

In Malaysia, I like Pangkor Laut Re­sort – it’s beau­ti­ful. I’ve been there many times with my fam­ily. We like the beach and the sea.

Would you en­cour­age your son to fol­low in your F1 foot­steps?

He loves sports so I’ve been push­ing him to learn as many as pos­si­ble. But if he wants to be a rac­ing driver, he needs to de­cide that for him­self. As his fa­ther, I will try to help him by giv­ing him the right ed­u­ca­tion and in­for­ma­tion, and the most im­por­tant les­son of all: to al­ways be hum­ble in ev­ery­thing he does.

The Brazil­ian For­mula One rac­ing driver talks about pac­ing him­self on and off the race­track.

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