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The Secret Life of Felipe Massa 01 Nov 2010

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 29 July 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Race Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Sunday, 26 September 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 23 October 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Singapore Grand Prix, Practice Day, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore, Friday, 24 September 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 23 October 2010

Last year Felipe Massa’s life - and his his fight for it - was the subject of intense media scrutiny as he recovered from his near-fatal qualifying accident in Hungary. Despite that, the much-liked Brazilian remains one of the more private personalities on the grid. Ahead of his home race this weekend, we decided to find out a little more on Felipe, including his love of football, his fear of heights, his hankering for a tattoo, and his friendship with a certain guitar god…

Q: Are you a plan-B kind of guy?
Felipe Massa:
Sometimes. You always try to do the right thing, but then many times there is a fight inside you - some sort of angel and the devil scenario. But only sometimes!

Q: Driving an F1 car aside, what is your favourite buzz?
FM:
Doing the job that we are doing is so different almost every day, as you are confronted with so many new situations that there is already a high buzz level. In terms of hobbies: football. I like to play football. If you ask me what I prefer, then it is clearly racing, but football comes very close.

Q: Whom do you most look forward to seeing when you arrive in the paddock on a Thursday?
FM:
I have so many friends in the paddock and that is a nice feeling. It gives me pleasures. New updates on the car? You are looking forward to that every single day - and you always want more!

Q: Who is your dream date?
FM:
I have already met a huge number of outstanding people - I am quite happy with this situation.

Q: Which film last made you cry?
FM:
No movies. The last time I cried was when I was reading Eric Clapton’s book when he was writing about how he lost his son. Eric is a good friend of mine. Reading this part of his book was a real shock, thinking that this tragedy happened to somebody you know very well. When it comes to films that I like, I would say 24. It’s TV, but it’s my favourite.

Q: What are you afraid of - and why?
FM:
I am afraid of heights. Not in planes, but when I go up high and look down - that’s scary. Bungee jumping - you will never see me doing that.

Q: What was the last book you read?
FM:
The Eric Clapton autobiography My Life.

Q: What is your favourite way to relax?
FM:
Stay home and don’t do anything. Maybe watching a bit of TV, but doing nothing is the best way to relax.

Q: Five things that you hate?
FM:
Not sure if I can manage five. Let’s start. People that lie. Fake people. Some small crawling animals with many legs - and dangerous animals. Travelling during the day - during the night is very easy for me because I fall asleep easily.

Q: Have you ever - or would you ever - dye your hair?
FM:
I have done when I was younger. I had it a bit lighter, but it didn’t look good so I never made another attempt.

Q: Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
FM:
Piercings, no. Tattoos, maybe someday, though I am already 29 and that is a bit beyond the age when you do those things. But I like tattoos.

Q: What did teachers say about you in your school report?
FM:
I was a good kid, but terrible at the same time. Not very organized and joking all the time. I was always sitting in the back, never in the front. A bit of an ‘issue’ boy.

Q: Who were your childhood heroes?
FM:
My father when I was a kid. Later also Pele.

Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
FM:
I am sure I have, but I don’t remember right now… (laughs)

Q: Do you collect anything?
FM:
Many things. I love watches - my collection is something around 50 pieces.

Q: What do you miss most about home when you are on the road?
FM:
My family, my son. They accompany me many times, but not always and then I miss them terribly.

Q: What was your worst buy?
FM:
Cannot remember - so it obviously wasn’t such a bad buy!

Q: How do you take your coffee?
FM:
Very Italian. Short and strong.

Q: Your ideal non-race Sunday morning?
FM:
Sleep.

Q: What was the first car or machine that you drove?
FM:
I had a 50cc motocross bike when I was six years-old. That was fantastic. But I think it was not so fantastic for my mum because I was really crazy with this machine. I remember one time I had 35 bruises on my body! Guess I was not the easiest son.

Q: What was the most embarrassing mistake that you’ve made?
FM:
I remember that very well. My friends and I sneaked to the school building one night and put a lock on the front door. The next morning everybody had to wait outside - that was just unbelievable. My ‘reward’ was that I was not allowed to go to school for several days.

Q: What is the best thing that you can cook?
FM:
I am not a great cook. I would say pasta. That is very easy.

Q: When was the last time you were really furious?
FM:
I cannot say.

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