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Felipe Massa Returns To Ferrari For 2013 17
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, F1, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Kurt, Motorsports, Scuderia Ferrari on 10 17th, 2012

Felipe Massa at Suzuka in 2012 – image: Ercole Colombo for Scuderia Ferrari

Felipe Massa’s contract with Scuderia Ferrari ends at the end of 2012, and many fans of Formula One believed the Brazilian driver would be looking elsewhere for a ride in the 2013 F1 season. Citing Massa’a lackluster performance throughout much of the 2012 season, critics were sure he’d be replaced by Lewis Hamilton or perhaps Sergio Perez, the rising star from Mexico.

Then, the stars aligned in Massa’s favor. Lewis Hamilton announced he was leaving McLaren Mercedes to join the Mercedes AMG team, while Sergio Perez would fill his vacant seat at McLaren. With both drivers out of contention for a possibly vacant seat, it seemed like the job was again Massa’s to win or lose.

And win it he did. After finishing no better than fourth throughout much of the season, Massa delivered a second place finish for Ferrari in Japan, backed up by a fourth place finish in Korea. That seemed to resolve any doubt in Ferrari’s mind, and on Tuesday the team announced it had re-signed Massa for the 2013 season.

As is currently the case, Massa’s role will be to back up the team’s star driver, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso. While Massa has no chance of winning the championship this year, Alonso does, but only with his teammate’s help in the remaining four races.

Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso Ride World’s Fastest Roller Coaster at Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World theme park 17
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Ferrari World Theme Park, Rollercoaster, video on 11 17th, 2010

I use to be a sucker for extreme rollercoasters and even the Top Trill Dragster coaster at Cedar Point that launches you to 120mph in a matter of 4 seconds. The Italians have now topped that record and beat it with the launch of the main attraction at the Ferrari World Theme Park in Abu Dhabi. After all of the hype and speculation of the main ride at this park it is finally open and ready to literally ‘take people for a ride of their life’. One of the first to take that ride is Ferrari’s F1 race car drivers Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso as shown in the video below. This is an astonishing ride reaching speeds of 149mph! Don’t they look scared in the video when this ‘virtual Ferrari’ launches? Enjoy!