Sebastian Vettel cruises to third career Italian Grand Prix win

MONZA, Italy, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel remained on track for a fourth consecutive Formula One world championship Sunday with a victory at the Italian Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg takes British Grand Prix after Vettel's breakdown

SILVERSTONE, England, June 30 (UPI) -- Nico Rosberg grabbed a late lead when Sebastian Vettel suffered a gearbox failure and went on to win Sunday's British Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso wins Spanish Grand Prix

BARCELONA, Spain, May 12 (UPI) -- Spanish driver Fernando Alonso thrilled the local crowd Sunday at the Spanish Grand Prix, winning his 32nd Formula 1 race.

Vettel claims 3rd straight Formula 1 crown

SAO PAULO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel collected his third consecutive Formula One championship Sunday after finishing sixth at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Vettel repeats win at Korean Grand Prix

YEONGAM, South Korea, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel repeated his 2011 win at the Korean Grand Prix, winning Sunday's race by 8 seconds and moving into the 2012 lead in the drivers' standings.

Vettel wins Japanese Grand Prix

SUZUKA, Japan, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix by more than 20 seconds Sunday and pulled closer to driving leader Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton wins Monza, moves up in standings

MONZA, Italy, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Lewis Hamilton dominated the Italian Grand Prix Sunday, using the victory to move from fifth to second place in the Formula One championship standings.
McLeran wins pole for Italian Grand Prix

McLeran wins pole for Italian Grand Prix

MONZA, Italy, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- McLaren teammates Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button claimed the top two spots in Saturday's qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Button dominates Belgian Grand Prix

SPA, Belgium, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Pole sitter Jenson Button led from start to finish Sunday, logging a 13.6-second victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Webber catches Alonso for British GP win

SILVERSTONE, England, July 8 (UPI) -- Red Bull's Mark Webber passed Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the late going Sunday and went on to claim the British Grand Prix.

Webber passes Vettel for Brazil victory

SAO PAULO, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Mark Webber took advantage of the mechanical problems of teammate Sebastian Vettel Sunday, besting him to win the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Alonso takes Italian Grand Prix pole

MONZA, Italy, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Fernando Alonso edged defending champion Jenson Button by less than a second Saturday to claim pole position in this weekend's Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix.

Ferrari fined for German Grand Prix finish

HOCKENHEIM, Germany, July 25 (UPI) -- The Formula One governing body Sunday fined the Ferrari team for allegedly ordering Felipe Massa to let teammate Fernando Alonso win the German Grand Prix.

Alonso wins Bahrain in Ferrari debut

SAKHIR, Bahrain, March 14 (UPI) -- Fernando Alonso made his Ferrari debut a memorable one, winning Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix while teammate Felipe Massa took second.
Massa heads home to Brazil

Massa heads home to Brazil

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa headed to his home country Monday after being treated for crash injuries at a hospital in Budapest, Hungary.
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Felipe Massa
Bahrain's Formula One Grand Prix winner, Ferrari's Felipe Massa followed McLaren's Lewis Hamilton on Sunday April 15, 2007. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen finished third. (UPI Photo/Norbert Schiller)

Felipe Massa (Portuguese pronunciation: , born 25 April 1981) is a Brazilian Formula One racing driver. He finished second in the 2008 Drivers' World Championship, and is under contract to race for Scuderia Ferrari until the end of the 2012 season.

Born in São Paulo, Massa is a Brazilian whose grandfather emigrated from Cerignola, Italy.

Massa began karting when he was 8 years old, finishing fourth in his first season. He continued in national and international championships for 7 years, and in 1998 moved into Formula Chevrolet, finishing the Brazilian championship in fifth place. During the following season, he won 3 of the 10 races and claimed the championship. In 2000, he moved to Europe to compete in the Italian Formula Renault series, winning both the Italian and the European Formula Renault championships that year. He could have moved to Formula Three, but instead chose the Euro Formula 3000, where he won 6 of the 8 races and the championship. He was then offered a Formula 1 test with the Sauber team, who signed him for 2002. He also drove for Alfa Romeo in the European Touring Car Championship as a guest driver.

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