Less than five years ago, the likable Brazilian was celebrating becoming world champion on his home turf until Lewis Hamilton overtook Timo Glock’s struggling Toyota on the penultimate corner of the final lap.
He outdrove the man that is now replacing him that season but couldn’t match Alonso after that, and when a suspension spring from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn slammed into his helmet during practice for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, Massa was lucky to escape with his life.
After emerging from an induced coma, Massa never seemed quite the same racer and has since failed to reproduce the form of 2008. It’s bound to have affected him, as have the crashes at Monaco and Canada this year, Massa even admitting on ESPN F1 his Canada shunt had a psychological effect.
The real question now, then, is what next for Felipe Massa? According to BBC Sport's Andrew Benson, Massa is looking for a team that can give him "a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the Championship.”
But with no seats available at Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren or Ferrari, that seems a tall order.
In this article, we look at the options available to Felipe and whether he should take them or not.