Brazilian Formula One driver and former Formula One driver Felipe Massa won 269 grand prix races, including 11 Formula One championships. Before signing with Venturi Formula E, he had participated in Sauber, Ferrari and Williams Formula One racing. He is one of the most experienced and beautifully decorated drivers in the Formula E Championship. Fake Richard Mille watches have been test-drived since 2004 to assess performance impact resistance, showing that real athletes wear them when they win in competition. We sat with him to talk about his partnership with Richard Mille, his car collection and Formula E.
You are the first athlete to join the Richard Mille family. Why did you accept one of the early watch brand partners because it was established in 2001?
I think I’ve been looking for brands that are connected to watch brands, such as ambassadors, and my manager Nicolas Todt saw a photo in Richard Mille’s magazine. The watch looked very beautiful, so he contacted Richard Mille (Richard Mille) and managed to talk to Richard. Richard said he loves racing and he is absolutely interested. He knew that I was a driver, but he was just starting a company, so he had no right to invest in the company. Then maybe we will talk a few months later. He said: “I am very interested, but I am not really ready to invest, so maybe I can start a watch.” It looks really good, we became friends. For me, it is a pleasure to start like this. He is getting started, I am at the beginning of my career, so let’s start together. We have been together since 2004, which is really amazing. It ’s amazing to be one of them and see how much his brand has grown. I have also grown a lot, I have retired, Richard Mille has been growing and I am proud to be one of them.
Richard showed me how light the watch is. The first watch I started wearing while racing was the RM 006, which was probably the lightest tourbillon at the time. It’s easy for me to wear it in the car without disturbing it at all. Show people that you can wear a very expensive tourbillon watch and you can do whatever you want, even on a Formula One car that is violently vibrating. This is a good combination. There have been many crashes on my watch, and this watch is never a problem.
Why do you think this partnership has lasted so long, and why will it continue?
First of all, I like this brand, and I will do my best to show the fake aaa watch and tell the people I know. I think this has become a real family relationship. Richard is like a brother. we are good friends. He really believed that I was an athlete, and believed that everything I did for his brand was also true for me. I even saw that his brand is a bit like my own brand. We started together, so I am really part of it.
I think you have everything. You have all the big technology, the most incredible material, it is beautiful, people want to own it, so it has become a dream. I have seen some people who cry when they see the watch and touch it. I think what Richard has done is incredible.
Are you a watch collector?
Of course I like watches. My favorite watch is Richard Mille (Richard Mille) because it is part of something from scratch.
Do you wear watches every day?
Yes every day. It is men’s jewelry, so wearing a good replica watch on your wrist is definitely a good thing.
Will you close the car?
I have some old cars, but also some modern cars. I have some racing cars, and I participate in racing cars. I have some Ferraris. I have been racing with Ferrari for a long time, so I have an F40, which is an old Ferrari, a 288 GTO, and even older, a LaFerrari and an F12tdf, which is a modern car. I have a Chevrolet Formula in Brazil, a Renault Formula in Europe, and a 3000 Formula car in Europe. I have a 2005 Sauber Formula One car, a 2008 Ferrari car and a 2016 Williams car, so I have some cars, which is very important to my collection.
Is it important for you to drive the collected cars?
No, enjoyment is very important, even if it is just a look, or you can enjoy it by driving, so it is important to decide what you like to do.
Why did you join the Venturi Formula E team in 2018?
I quit Formula One and I think this is the right time, so I am satisfied with my decision. I think the Formula E Championship is a fast-growing championship every year. I believe it will grow bigger and bigger, so it is a new challenge for me.
How is Formula 1 different from Formula 1?
completely different. This is a new experience, so I need to learn everything. This is another car; you cannot compare it with a Formula 1 car in any area. You have different tires, different engines, different weights, the car is heavier, and the track is only a city track. Richard Mille cheap is part of equation E. We will see if Richard Mille will stay with me forever. It’s definitely an honor to be with him for a long time.
Does Formula E represent the future of racing?
Yes, it is. Future racing and future cars. I think maybe after 10 years, we will only have electric cars on the road, and I’m sure that all championships will invest a lot of money in electric, so this is definitely our future.