Racing drivers just cannot resist the lure of the track and Felipe Massa is no exception to that rule. He is currently in Brazil during the holiday imposed by the agreement between the FOTA teams, but Felipe could not pass by the chance of getting behind the wheel of a race car, even if it was not an open-wheeler.

Felipe Massa, Scuderia Ferrari
Felipe Massa, Scuderia Ferrari

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In fact, yesterday the Ferrari man was a surprise participant in free practice for the fourth round of this season’s Trofeo Linea, a series which runs as part of the Racing Festival, now one of the most important events on the Brazilian motor racing scene.

“I had a lot of fun today,” said Felipe. “It’s been ten years since I last drove a Touring car, dating back to 2001 when I raced an Alfa Romeo 155, so I thought I might struggle a bit, so sixth best time in the second session is not that bad. I could have been quicker but I hit the chicane when I went out on new tyres, which damaged the front suspension, so the steering felt very heavy.

It’s been ten years since I last drove a Touring car

Felipe Massa

I have to say the Trofeo Linea is very interesting to drive: it’s stable and the sequential change works very well. This sort of racing could definitely be an option when the day comes that I decide to leave Formula 1.

Felipe set the second fastest time of 1.54.929 in the morning session and the sixth (1.54.641) in the afternoon, less than eight tenths of the fastest time overall, a 1.53.888, set by his great friend Cacà Bueno.