Formula One Jules Bianchi 'best go-kart driver I saw' - Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa reflected on Jules Bianchi's life and feels the Frenchman was the "best go-kart driver" he ever saw.

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Felipe Massa reflected on Jules Bianchi's life and feels the Frenchman was the "best go-kart driver" he ever saw.

Bianchi died on Friday at the age of 25 after succumbing to injuries sustained at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

Drivers at a news conference on Thursday, ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, reflected on their memories of Bianchi.

Williams driver Massa was full of praise for Bianchi, who was touted as a future Formula One star.

"Jules, first of all, I mean, he was a great friend," Massa said.

"I met him - he was still racing in go-karts - because we have the same manager. [When] Nicolas [Todt] started to work with Jules he was still at the end of his go-kart career and I met him in that time.

"For me he was a fantastic boy, very nice, very humble and an amazing driver. Unfortunately in Formula One he didn't have the opportunity to race in a competitive car; to show his talent.

"He showed us anyway by finishing in the points in Monaco [in 2014] with a car he was driving which everybody knows was like... it was an amazing thing he did in that race.

"But for me the experience I had with Jules was also that we did a lot of go-kart together, even in Brazil, and in my experience he was the best go-kart driver I saw.

"It was amazing the way he was driving go-karts. It was maybe the opportunity we had to race together in a similar kart. It's not nice to see [what] has happened."

Nico Hulkenberg, Bianchi's team-mate at Force India in 2012 and in Formula 3 in 2008, said the talented driver would be missed.

"I remember in 2008, I was in my second in Formula 3, supposed to win the championship and he came in as a rookie, his first year," he said.

"I remember his race in Mugello, I was starting from pole and he was starting second or third.

"Anyway, we take off, I'm leading, he's second and I'm seeing him in my mirrors, pushing really hard, really chasing me down, trying to get me.

"He was burning his tyres at the time, I was saving them, but it just showed how competitive he was and he was so hungry for success.

"Even outside the track he was a great guy, a lot fun, a lot of great moments together and we'll all miss him."

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