Video: Felipe Flogs an F12 at Fiorano!
Calm and composed, Massa looks in as Alonso runs alongside.

Video: Felipe Flogs an F12 at Fiorano!

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.

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Calm and composed, Massa looks in as Alonso runs alongside.

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.

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