Massa set for 200th start at Silverstone
2 July 2014 – Felipe Massa will reach a landmark this weekend at the British Grand Prix when he makes his 200th start in Formula 1.
The Brazilian, who took pole position in Austria two weeks ago and who finished fourth in the race - one spot behind Williams team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, made his debut at the pinnacle of the sport back in 2002 with Sauber.
Since then he has taken in 201 F1 races, although he didn't start the event in the USA in 2005 – none of the Michelin runners did that year due to problems with the tyres, while he of course missed the race in Hungry in 2009 after his life threatening accident in qualifying.
"Silverstone will be a special race, not just because it is the team's [Williams'] home race, but also because I shall celebrate my 200th Grand Prix," said Massa, who has been reinvigorated since his move to the Grove team over the winter after a long spell at Ferrari.
"British fans are passionate about Formula One and it will be great to see the support for the team," he continued.
"It will be interesting to see if we can maintain the pace we had in Austria, but the main focus will be on getting some good points," he added.