Felipe married Rafaela Bassi on the 30th of November, 2007. She is two years older than him. Her family is the owner of a big Brazilian fashion company called “Guarana Brasil”. They met at a disco while Rafaela was on a holiday. Their wedding was a big, high-profile event in Brazil.
She didn’t like F1 before she met Felipe and she still doesn’t like it – according to her the paddock is a “cold and unfriendly place”. But she loves her husband so she is usually there with him at the races and even at tests, like in Bahrain this winter.
There is a little disagreement on the subject of children between Felipe and Rafaela. At the end of last year Felipe told in an interview that his greatest wish for 2009 would not be the Formula One title, but to become a daddy. But he also added that Rafaela doesn’t want it yet, so they are waiting. He said: “I know it would be unfair to Rafaela if I left her home with the baby while I’m traveling around the World.”