Ferrari’s official website has a nice story today about Felipe Massa contacting his friend and fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello after his emotional win in Sunday’s Grand Prix in Valencia.
Massa replaced Barrichello at Ferrari in 2006 and the older man carried a get well message to Massa on his crash helmet all weekend and after the race dedicated the win to him.
Although it was not in any way Barrichello’s fault the spring which hit Massa in the head in Budapest fell from the rear suspension of Rubens’ car. He said over the weekend that he feels no responsibility for it, but regrets his connection with the event.
As for Massa, he is said to have phoned Barrichello after the race, “My first attempt failed because he was debriefing with his Brawn GP people, “said Massa. “But later I could manage to talk to him and congratulated him for his fantastic victory. Of course, I also thanked him for everything he’s done and said about me during the whole weekend. In fact, I felt very emotional when I saw his helmet with a design intended to homage me.”
To quote the Ferrari website; “Felipe watched today’s race at his São Paulo home. On a cold Sunday morning for Brazilian standards (15 degrees), he was on bed along with his wife Raffaela. “I followed the race also by my notebook, taking a close look at the live timing”, said Felipe, who also provided comments for TV Globo narrator by SMS. It was quite a different sensation for the Ferrari driver. “The last time a saw a Formula 1 race on TV was the Japanese GP back in 2003. It was the race that closed the calendar and I did not travel do Japan because I was Ferrari test driver at that time.
“I was with my fingers crossed all the time. Rubens did a fantastic job today. I was checking his lap times and I’m sure he could win even without Hamilton’s McLaren problem. He was amazingly quick in his second stint and did not commit any mistakes.”
Massa has some medical checks this week in Florida with leading US motorsport physician Dr Steve Olvey, the man who worked on Nigel Mansell when he was injured in IndyCars in 1993.