Best wishes Felipe from all at Ferrari

Date published: April 26 2011

Ferrari have wished Felipe Massa all the best for his 30th birthday, saying their present to him will hopefully be the chance to fight for the title…

Ferrari have wished Felipe Massa all the best as he celebrates his 30th birthday, saying their present to him will hopefully be the chance to fight for the World title.

Massa first raced for Ferrari in 2006 and had his best season three years later when he finished second in the Drivers’ Championship, losing out to Lewis Hamilton at the final hurdle.

And although his latest campaign with the Scuderia has gotten off to a slow start, Ferrari are hoping their birthday present to him will the chance to claim his first title.

“Dear Felipe, I wish you all the very best for your thirtieth birthday,” President Luca di Montezemolo told the team’s website.

“It’s a special day for you and also for all of us: you have been part of our family for ten years now and I know that you now live and breathe Ferrari.

“Your talent and your good nature mean that each and everyone of us appreciates you as a driver, but even more so as a person.

“Enjoy this day with your lovely family knowing that we can expect the new few weeks to be crucial for our Championship chances.”

Team boss Stefano Domenicali added: “Dear friend, I send you a hug of affection for your thirtieth birthday, not just from me but from all the men and women at Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.

“We have known one another for such a long time and we have shared great moments together as well as some dramatic times and through them all, we have always been united, which is what makes our relationship special.

“When you arrived in Maranello you were a kid and while here, you have become a man: we still have a long road to travel together and we hope it will be full of well deserved success.

“A present? All of us are working flat out on it at Maranello, without pausing for breath: you know what I’m talking about…”