Felipe Massa has announced that he will retire at the end of this season. The formula 1 star has decided that now is the right time for him to put an end to his fourteen year career behind the wheel.
The Williams driver, Felipe Massa, announced his retirement at a news conference at Monza. In an emotional statement the Brazilian revealed that he had made the decision to quit several months ago. He knew that this would be his last season.
During his career the thirty five year old has ensured that he will be remembered. He played a huge part in the success of the Williams team. Massa has, a very respectable, eleven Grand Prix titles to his name, in addition he has appeared on the podium on forty one separate occasions.
In November, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his final race as a professional F1 driver. Referring to the next eight races he stated that he will enjoy every minute that he has remaining on the track. He then went on to say thank you to everyone that had helped him to make his career as successful as it has been.
The talented driver first discovered his passion for racing as a youngster when he used to enjoy Go-Karting. In 2002 he began to race in F1 as part of the Sauber team. After four years of proving himself he secured a deal with Ferrari racing alongside his idol Michael Schumacher, a highlight in his career.
Massa has said that he is very proud to have been able to be a part of Formula 1 for such a long time. He also stated that he was happy with the achievements that he has to his name.
Speaking of his decision to retire Claire Williams paid tribute to Massa and his contributions to the sport:
“It’s a sad and emotional day. He’s a true gentleman. We were a team in dire straits and were so lucky he came to join us. He’s been a big part of the success we’ve had over the last three years.”
Author Lisa Wood
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