In Sao Paulo this week, Felipe Massa won the prestigious ‘Golden Helmet’ award for being Brazil’s top racing driver.
The Ferrari racer, who last month became the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna in 1993 to win his home grand prix, reportedly fended off rival nominees including Rubens Barrichello, Senna’s nephew Bruno, and Nelson Piquet Jr.
Sponsored by the magazine ‘Revista Racing’ and voted by more than 70 journalists of the Brazilian specialist media, 25-year-old Massa – Michael Schumacher’s teammate in 2006 – accepted the award at a ceremony on Monday.
Massa, to next year be joined at the Maranello based team by new partner Kimi Raikkonen, won two grands prix in 2006, including his debut victory from pole in Turkey.
In eighteen races, he was on the podium six times.