Thursday 6th February 2003
Felipe Massa was named as a Ferrari’s test driver after being replaced at Sauber by Heinz-Harald Frentzen. At the time Massa had an erratic driving style and retired from five races in 2002 through collisions and mistakes. While testing for Ferrari under Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello he refined his technique and emerged as a much more consistent driver in 2004, when he returned to Sauber. In 2006 he was given a race drive at Ferrari and came within a point of winning the championship in 2008.