2006 - Flashes of greatness but the guinea pig.
Bahrain: First pitstop ever at Ferrari takes 65 seconds (wheelnut) and Felipe loses a very likely podium.
Malaysia: Engine problems during qualifying puts him 21st on the grid. Finishes 5th on a one-stopper ahead of Michael.
Australia: Klien clips Felipe on the opening lap. Rosberg also retires in the process.
Hungary: During the first pitstop the pitcrew accidentally mixed up his front full wets. Meaning he was driving with the left tyre on the right and vice versa and still keeping it on the track.
China: Another engine problem, this time prior to qualifying, puts him 20th on the grid. Retires from the race.
Japan: Takes pole position. Has a puncture and is brought in three laps early on lap 13 which gives Alonso the opportunity to leapfrog him and put pressure on Michael.
2007 - A new dawn at Ferrari but still not taken seriously.
Australia: Another engine problem, this time in Q1, puts him 22nd on the grid. Finishes 6th!
Canada: During a SC he gets black-flagged (along with Fisichella) for exiting the pitlane because RC had missed to switch off the red light once the train of cars, that didn't pit, had passed the pit exit.
Great Britain: Qualifies 4th. At the start the engine dies. He's moved back to the back of the grid. Finishes 5th!
Hungary: Makes a mistake in Q2 and pits. But they forget to refuel him. Stops in the pitlane and is brought back. Gets out again on very cold tyres and misses the cut. Starts 14th.
Italy: Qualifies 3rd. Retires on lap 10 with a broken suspension. This ends his shot at the WDC and is assigned to help Kimi until the end of the season.
2008 - Another year with a WDC team mate but at the last race he's the WDC candidate.
Australia: Retires along with Kimi with an engine failure.
Monaco: Qualifies on pole. Everything is fine and then a couple of SCs reshuffles the order and brings Lewis (who hit the armco) to the front. A very strange race. Lewis wins.
Canada: During a SC he pits behind Kimi on lap 19. The fuel rig doesn't work and he is brought back in again on lap 21. Finishes 5th despite that!
Great Britain: A problem with the right rear during the pitstop prior to his final run in Q3 prevents him from making the last flying lap. Starts 9th and has a dreadful race.
Hungary: In the lead (after a great start) with three laps to go the engine blows up.
Singapore: Takes pole position. During the first SC pitstop he leaves the pitbox with the fuel hose attached after Ferrari's new light system shows him a green light. Rejoins the race more than two minutes adrift.
Brazil: Can't blame bad luck but losing the WDC at the last corner while being WDC for a few seconds has to be mentioned.
2009 - The year when everything went wrong and then some...
Australia: Retires with a broken suspension on lap 45.
China: Retires with an electrical problem.
Spain: Not enough fuel in the tank to stay in 4th at the end. Turns the pace down and finishes 6th and stopping on track with no fuel.
Hungary - During Q2 a spring, from Rubens' car, hits him in the head. He has a skull fracture and a few mms from almost losing sight on his left eye. Sidelined for the rest of the season.
2010 - Another WDC to face but now the boss has a new pet. The new pet is also paying for his own food.
Malaysia: Bad Q1 decision by the team to stay put on a drying track gets him 21th on the grid. Finishes 7th.
China: Enters the pitlane ahead of his team mate. Almost hit by Alonso at the pit entry and avoids a double DNF by going on the grass. Forced to queue behind at the pitstop losing valuable time.
Canada: Initially hit by Liuzzi after the start by starting in the pack. Then tangles with him again. Has to pit and stuck for the rest of the race.
Great Britain - Clipped by Alonso at the back at the opening stages. Picked up a puncture. Dropped to the back.
Germany: Nothing left to say.
Singapore: Engine or gearbox failure in Q1 gets him 24th on the grid. Finishes 8th.
Brazil: While pitting to put on the hards on lap 12 something goes wrong with the right front tire. He has to pit again on the following lap. During the stop he's clearly seen showing something is wrong while pointing at the front right. Exits the pitlane last on track.
That's the Felipe Massa stroll down memory lane in the last 87 F1 Grand Prix weekends. He has had some sort of issues out of his control in 28 out of those (I might have missed something). That's almost an issue out of his control in ONE OUT OF THREE RACE WEEKENDS in the last five season! It would be intersting to see if someone could compile a file like this for any other driver. Historically I think Chris Amon is even more unlucky but Felipe Massa is in the running for sure. It just seem he can never get a break or a streak of luck.
Edited by VicR, 07 November 2010 - 23:28.