- Williams Mercedes
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
Only three drivers have more races under their belts than the likeable Brazilian, and their names are Raïkkönen, Alonso and Button, so Felipe is very much a senior F1 citizen. He will be starting his 14th season in F1 when the lights go out at Albert Park this year, and is still fast and competitive enough to hunt for podiums and points.
Many believed that was unlikely for him when he left Ferrari after eight seasons at the end of 2013, but he has bounced back with a smile with the Mercedes-powered Williams team and re-confirmed the speed and talent of earlier times.
It was the first time in his F1 career that he had not been powered by a Ferrari engine, having started with Sauber in 2002.
He has relished the opportunity and finished last year in sixth place in the drivers’ title race with 121 points, 15 fewer than team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas who was fifth as Williams secured third place in the constructors’ championship.
His podiums in Austria and Italy gave many of the likeable Brazilian’s fans great pleasure and he remains a popular figure in the paddock with his ready smile.