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F1: 10 questions to Williams driver Felipe Massa

How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be an F1 driver?

Felipe Massa: It was always part of my dream when I started go-karting as a kid - so it was something of a distant dream that step by step transformed into reality. The first time it really occurred to me that it might be possible was probably when I was 15.

When was your first big accident in a race car?

FM: It was with a go-kart. I had a roll when I was 15. I tried to overtake, but the other guy closed the door. I was not hurt, but it was the kind of accident that you will remember your whole life.

Felipe Massa
Felipe Massa (Photo: Facebook)

When did you win your first trophy in racing and what did it look like?

FM: My first race in a go-kart when I was 13. I was an instant success! (laughs) The trophy was gold - no, not real gold, gold colour - and had a little go-kart on the top as a kind of arch. I still have it.

What was the first road car you drove?

FM: It was my dad's road car - and I was around ten years old. It was a Chevrolet Monza - a big car for a small kid.

Where was the first house you lived in?

FM: It is a house that I still have. It's in the countryside of Sao Paolo and is now kind of a country house for the family. I was six years old when we moved there.

What was the first thing you did this morning?

FM: Had a shower, and then had breakfast with my family. Wait a minute… it was actually looking at my iPhone. Somehow that seems a shame, but this is the reality nowadays!

When was your first romantic kiss?

FM: The first time - eyes closed and shy - was when I was around ten. For my first real romantic kiss, I was maybe 13.

Felipe Massa, Williams FW36
Felipe Massa, Williams FW36 (Photo: Facebook)

When was the first time you were asked to sign an autograph for a fan?

FM: When I was a Formula Chevrolet driver - somewhere around 1999.

When did you first taste champagne?

When I went to the podium for the first time. Maybe I had a secret taste before - from the glass of somebody at some family event…

Which would you eat first - a piece of fruit or a piece of chocolate?

FM: A piece of fruit. My mum was always very strict about my teeth so sweets and chocolate have never really been on my agenda.