If there was any doubt before, the 2008 season has confirmed Felipe Massa as a frontline driver. Truth told, looking at the way the season developed, he probably deserved to win the championship.
As Patrick Head said: "Who, a few years ago, would have thought that Felipe Massa would emerge on top in terms of point scoring in a team with Kimi Raikkonen in the other car?"
Ironically enough, Raikkonen had a lot to do with Massa's arrival at Sauber in 2002. Peter Sauber had lost Kimi to McLaren, but had been stunned at what Raikkonen did in 2001, effectively fresh out of Formula Renault. He was always going to lose Kimi to one of the big boys, but the Finn had certainly been a nice little earner. Sauber decided to try the same tactic with Felipe, who was still not 21 when he sat on the Melbourne grid in a Sauber as the reigning Italian F3000 champion.