I don’t think I’d be alone in saying that it’s great news to see the positive recovery Felipe Massa has been making from his freak accident at last weekend’s Hungarian grand prix.
At times like this, it’s easy to pull out all the old clichés such as “what a nice bloke he is”, but I think in Massa’s case, statements like these are very apt. No-one deserves something like what happened to Massa, least of all Felipe himself.
In Massa’s early days in Formula One – and maybe even as recently as early last year – many people considered the Brazilian to be a fast yet flawed driver, once famously sacked by Sauber in 2002 after an error ridden first season in the sport.
The making of Massa was probably in 2003 where he spent a season as a Ferrari test driver and was taken under the wing of the all conquering Michael Schumacher. When Rubens Barrichello left Ferrari at the end of 2005, Massa was Schumi’s preferred choice and he took his first win in 2006 in Turkey.
Where we really learnt about Massa’s ability as a driver and a sportsman was seen after he had lost the world championship to Lewis Hamilton by a single point last year in Brazil amid chaotic scenes.