Felipe Massa has announced that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season, bringing an end to an illustrious 14-year stint at the top echelon of motorsport
Massa made his debut at Sauber in 2002, immediately making an impression by scoring points in the second round of the season.
The Brazilian jumped up to Ferrari in 2006, teaming up with Michael Schumacher. It was during this stint that Massa thrived, coming agonisingly close to winning the title in 2008.
However, his last years at Ferrari were far from sweet, prompting a move to Williams in 2014.
In all, Massa leaves the sport with 11 victories and 41 podium finishes to his name.
“I have so many great memories over the years and thank everyone in all the teams I have come through to help me get to where I am today,’’ he said. “My career has been more than I ever expected and I am proud of what I have achieved. Finally, it is a great honour to finish my career at such an amazing team as Williams Martini Racing.”
“ It will be an emotional day when I finally conclude my Formula One career with my 250th Grand Prix start in Abu Dhabi,’’ he added.
Williams is yet to announce Massa’s replacement, although the team has openly showed interest in Force India’s Sergio Perez.
by Rachit Thukral