Felipe Massa: “Italy has been very good to me”

Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium.. Sunday 28 August 2016. Felipe Massa, Williams FW38 Mercedes, leads Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38 Mercedes. Photo: Sam Bloxham/Williams ref: Digital Image _SLA5887. Credit: Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing driver Felipe Massa is looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, a circuit that he considers to be one of the greatest on the F1 calendar, and after just scraping home in the points at Spa, the 35-year-old is looking to move up the order this weekend.

The Brazilian has enjoyed a good track record at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in the past, and hopes to continue that record with a strong performance at this year’s race. For Massa, the atmosphere and passion of the fans, always go towards making the Italian Grand Prix one to remember.

“Italy has been very good to me. I’ve had two podiums there in the last two years, as well as a podium when I was with Ferrari.

“Monza is definitely one of the greatest and most historic races in Formula One. The fans are so passionate and enjoy just being there and enjoying such fantastic racing, it’s incredible to see.

The Brazilian always enjoys heading back to Italy, as he knows that even though he no longer drives for the mighty Scuderia Ferrari,  he will still get a great reception from the fans there, something that the Brazilian is immensely grateful for.

“I know the fans there very well from my years with Ferrari and they still support me massively. It’s always such a pleasure to race in Monza.”

Massa’s future at the Oxfordshire based squad is still very much up in the air, and the Brazilian is keeping all avenues open to him, should be not get the nod from William’s chiefs.