Felipe Massa is known for his aggressive style and spiky inputs at the wheel, which makes him an exciting driver to watch. It’s not a style that’s particularly good on tires, but it’s his and when the track is cold or he makes a move on a dustier portion of the circuit, he always seems to have it under control.
Which is why he’s perfect for the development of Ferrari’s front-engined marvel, the F12. Though the transaxle gearbox helps weigh the driven wheels for traction, it’s still a bit of a handful and prone to go sideways big-time-styley whenever the loud pedal is depressed. Perhaps it isn’t the incisive scalpel the 458 was, but as far as Grand Tourers go, it’s one of the wilder ones.
Participating in a lighthearted drift battle with none other than Fernando Alonso, the two show just how these cars ought to be driven: with the rear tires consistently lit. However, F1 drivers being competitive animals, eventually a tooth or two is bared in this so-called jolly jaunt, and Massa runs off (or is forced off) the road at 3:24.
Like a seasoned vet, he gathers it up quickly and calmly, and smirks confidently. He even throws in a big slide a few inches from the walls for good measure. Can’t fault the Brazilian on style.