Felipe Massa – “It was a real honour to drive the FW08C”

Autosport International Exhibition. National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK. Sunday 17 January 2016. Felipe Massa, Williams, backstage in the Live Action arena, in the Williams FW08. World Copyright: Zak Mauger/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _MG_7849

An appearance from Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa was just one of the highlights at this year’s hugely successful Autosport International Show.

The Brazilian drew a huge crowd to the Live Action Arena as he had the opportunity to drive the historical 1983 Williams-Cosworth FW08C. Putting on a real show for the audience, sliding the racing car out of corners and then burying the throttle on the straights.

The FW08C was driven by Keke Rosberg and Jacques Laffite in the 1983 Formula 1 season. It was also the first F1 car to be driven by the legendary driver Ayrton Senna. Senna begged Williams team founder, Frank Williams for a test and got his chance at Donington Park that year.

“It was a real honour to drive the FW08C today, especially as it was the first car Ayrton ever tested,” Massa told Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft in the Live Action Arena. “It’s a great car to drive, very easy to control, very easy to go sideways. The engine sounds fantastic.”