Q&A: FELIPE MASSA
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.