11-Time F1 Grand Prix Winner Felipe Massa Signs On For Formula E

Had enough of Formula One? Check out Formula E. That goes not only for fans, but for drivers too. And now another former Grand Prix pilot is making his way to the electric racing series.

Not just any driver, either: we’re talking about Felipe Massa. Arguably one of the top drivers in recent F1 history, the Brazilian has won no fewer than eleven F1 grands prix. And he came close – really close – to winning the championship in 2008, when he narrowly lost to Lewis Hamilton by just a single point.

That wasn’t the only time he finished near the top of the standings, either. He placed third in 2006 behind Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher, and fourth in 2007 after Kimi Raikkonen (plus Hamilton and Alonso). Over the course of his career, he amassed an impressive 1,167 championship points.

Now, having ended his sixteen-year-long career in F1 with Williams, he’s signed on with the Venturi team to drive in Formula E starting next season. The deal is for three years, so suffice it to say, he’ll be sticking around for a bit.

Not The First F1 Driver In Formula E

“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,” said Massa. “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.”

He won’t be the only former F1 driver in the sport, either. He’ll be joining several of his old rivals there, including Lucas di Grassi and Sebastien Buemi – both of which have already been confirmed for the forthcoming fifth season (at Audi and Nissan, respectively). The fourth season currently under way has also included former grand prix pilots Nelson Piquet, Nick Heidfeld, Kamui Kobayashi, Jean-Eric Vergne, and Jerome d’Ambrosio. And previous seasons have included even more.

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  • Jay

    Lol, cover photo looks like a mug shot.

  • Shahul Usman

    highest caliber (or pedigree I guess really) driver now in Formula E.. he mentioned Formula E at the F1 race Sunday when being interviewed on the grid

    • LeStori

      Yesterdays man joins Formula E. Sorry but after his F1 accident in 200,9 he never was the same racer. He is 37 years of age. Formula E must be desperately looking for drivers that once had a name.

    • I agreed with LeStori, he might be senior and has experience but he is no longer in his prime, the good thing is more publicity for FE.

  • Six_Tymes

    Wow, this is a big boost for Formula E, i might have to start watching now. I know it will never happen, but I do wonder what a race would look like if F1 and FE raced against each other? hmmm

    • Well I always see FE is like single seater touring car, a lot of overtaking, street circuit and so on.

      For the pace, current FE and in fact Gen2 FE is nowhere near F1, or even F2.

  • LeStori

    Must be desperate for money. At 37 years of age his high performance days are behind him. Never was the same racer after being hit on the head by a F1 suspension component in 2009.

  • One of the worst kept secret ever, everyone knows Massa has been linked to FE and Venturi basically will become Mercedes in a few years time.

  • smartacus

    what kind of stock-photo is this?
    it looks like an arraignment photo.

    i thought i was about to
    read a story about ol’
    Felipe Massa holding
    Lois Lerner IRS emails
    on a computer in his
    basement bathroom

    • smartacus

      **i dunno; do they have
      basements in Monaco?

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