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Crash.net F1 Driver of the Year vote: 9th

You voted Felipe Massa into 9th place in Crash.net's F1 Driver of the Year poll!
Top 10 F1 Drivers of the Year 2012:
9: Felipe Massa

Birthplace: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Birthdate: April 25, 1981
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari F2012
2012 starts: 20
Wins: 0
Poles: 0
Podiums: 2
Fastest laps: 0
Championship points: 122
Championship position: 7th
Crash.net F1 Driver of 2011 position: 20th
For much of 2012, it appeared that Felipe Massa was, again, in his last year with Ferrari. As in previous seasons, however, the Brazilian produced just enough of an upturn in form late on to preserve his position for another season.

A decidedly lacklustre start to the campaign saw him fail to score until Bahrain and just four times in the opening ten rounds, albeit with a best of fourth at Silverstone, as Fernando Alonso shouldered the burden for the Scuderia in its efforts to keep pace with Red Bull and McLaren in the constructors' standings.

Narrowly missing the podium in the British round appeared to be a minor turning point for Massa, who was already being talked of as 'yesterday's man' at Maranello, particularly following Sergio Perez's strong opposition to Alonso in Malaysia. With the condemnation of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo once again ringing in his ears, the Brazilian's form took a welcome upswing from Hungary onwards, the #6 car finishing in the points at every race, and finally returning to the podium for the first time in almost two years with second place in Japan.

Despite the rumours of possible replacements – and a list that expanded from including just Perez to also cover the likes of Heikki Kovalainen and both Force India drivers – Massa was offered a one-year extension to his current deal in mid-October, and almost immediately showed why he is the ideal foil for Alonso by sacrificing a superior grid position at the USGP in order to improve his team-mate's championship chances.

His reward was not only the chance to come back through the field to finish fourth in Texas, but, one week later, taking an emotional third in front of his home crowd at Interlagos, where he joined Alonso in the top three.

From the depths of the drivers' table, he rose to an eventual seventh overall, and his late season form, particularly from Suzuka onwards, could give Ferrari something of a headache if he is able to carry the momentum into 2013.

Top 10 F1 Driver of the Year 2012 results so far:
10. Kamui Kobayashi

Related Pictures

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Felipe Massa (BRA), Scuderia Ferrari and Sergio Perez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team
Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari
09.09.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
09.09.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
09.09.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
07.10.2012- Race, 2nd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
16.11.2012 - Free practice 2, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.11.2012- Race, Press conference, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.11.2012- Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.11.2012- Race, Rob Smedley, (GBR), Scuderia Ferrari, Track Engineer of Felipe Massa (BRA) and Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
25.11.2012- Race, 3rd position Felipe Massa (BRA) Scuderia Ferrari F2012
Antonio Giovinazzi - Sauber F1 Team
Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32 F1 launch, [Credit: McLaren]
McLaren MCL32, McLaren-Honda, [Credit: McLaren]
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

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Bfdsddfs - Unregistered

December 23, 2012 3:31 PM

If he scored 100 points in the 1st half of the season & 20 points in the 2nd half, would he have got 9th in the vote? I don't think so, most voters only have recent memories. I am NOT disrespecting Felipe by any means, he was very good in the 2nd half of the season and I wish to see him in the same form for the whole of next year. I was just asking that earlier question, that is all.

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