Felipe Massa is the longest lasting sports partner of the Richard Mille family. A driver who excels not only at the wheel but also in his friendships. His personality, generosity and warmth have been a mainstay of the brand for many years.
‘Richard showed me that the spirit of watchmaking and racing are the same. When making watches at this level, there are constant challenges to be overcome on a technical level. Likewise, high-end watchmaking also requires tremendous physical mastery and total concentration without a fraction of a second's distraction.’
The Brazilian driver is one of the most experienced on the Formula 1 circuit. He started his career in motor sport’s flagship competition in 2002. The brand’s first ‘historic’ partner started every Grand Prix since 2004 with an RM watch on his wrist. He won 11 races, earning 16 pole positions, 41 podiums and finishing runner-up in the Drivers’ World Championship in 2008 at Ferrari. Felipe drove for Williams until 2018. That was the moment he decided it was time to leave his ground-breaking career in Formula 1 and start over again.
‘I remember great events in Japan with Rafael Nadal and Richard, lovely events in Abu Dhabi, and even several in France at Richard’s house. All the memories I have are delightful, as Richard is a charming and charismatic person with a great sense of friendship and loyalty. In addition to being a great professional, I can say that he is a true friend.’
A long-time test driver for Richard Mille watches, it was he who enabled the brand to initiate and accomplish astonishing feats in watchmaking development. These triumphs included the manufacture of a carbon nanofibre baseplate, first tested with the RM 006 Felipe Massa and then used in a number of other models, the processing of new materials such the ALUSIC® cases on the RM 009 Felipe Massa, or the development of what is possibly the brand’s most iconic watch: the RM 011.
‘I’ve loved working with the RM Team over the years. Their unwavering commitment to retain the beauty of their hand-craftmanship whilst driving future horological innovation without compromise really impresses me.’