Felipe Massa to retire from Formula One at end of season

Felipe Massa at Japanese Grand Prix

I would like to thank Felipe for all he has done for the team over the last four years.

Besides, the technical director of the team Williams Paddy Lowe has said on the eve of the Grand Prix of the United States last month that he had not time to make a decision.

Felipe Massa has announced that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the 2017 season.

In a statement, the Brazilian said: "As everyone knows, after announcing my retirement from Formula One past year, I agreed to return this season to help Williams when the call came".

The Brazilian said in a statement: "As everyone knows, after announcing my retirement from Formula One previous year, I agreed to return this season to help Williams when the call came. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him", she said in a statement. We are particularly grateful that he has agreed to postpone by one year his retirement from Formula 1.

"I have now enjoyed four great years with the team, but my career in Formula One will finally come to an end this season".

The 36-year-old Brazilian had originally called time on his career at the end of last year. "On behalf of [owner and team principal] Sir Frank, and all the team, we give our very best wishes to Felipe for the future".

Massa's decision, announced in a social media post one week before his home race at the Brazilian Grand Prix, opens up a vacant seat at Williams for 2018, with the Grove-based team already evaluating which driver should be placed alongside Canadian rookie Lance Stroll.

But while Massa had hoped to remain in F1 for yet another season, Williams made no secret of the fact that they were looking for a replacement driver.

The Brazilian won 11 races during an eight-season spell at Ferrari in which he famously almost became world champion in 2008, only for Lewis Hamilton to deny him in the final corner of that season. Williams is expected to announce his choice after the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, which will end the calendar year 2017.

He never achieved the same success again.

Massa, who suffered a serious injury when hit by the suspension of a rival's vehicle in the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2009, said he cherished his time in the sport since making his debut in 2009.

He returned for the 2010 season but his new team-mate was Fernando Alonso, who proved far superior and soon came to dominate the team.



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