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Felipe Massa to retire from Formula 1 after the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Felipe Massa to retire from Formula 1 after the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Santosh Nair Santosh Nair Friday 02 September 2016, 13:12 PM

Felipe Massa, the Williams Formula One driver, has announced his plans to retire after the 2016 season. Massa made his Formula One debut in the year 2002, and has competed in 242 races in his 14 year career. 

The 35-year-old Brazilian F1 driver has won 11 Grand Prix, and is also considered to be one of the most experienced drivers in F1. Massa raced with Sauber for three years before shifting to Ferrari in 2006, and stayed with them till the end of the 2013 season before moving to the Williams team. His final race of the 2016 season, at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi in November, will be his 250th race. 

Sources claim that Felipe Massa, in his column, wrote, “In recent months I have been thinking a lot about my future, and I have taken the decision that at the end of this season, I will leave Formula One. Life presents us with many choices, and I think for me it has got to the time where I have to go and do something different. Maybe you will see me again at the wheel of a race car, but at the moment the only certainty I have is that I will have a lot of time to decide on what I do in the future." Massa's Facebook page reveals an emotional video that confirms his retirement from Formula One post the 2016 season. 

It's going to be a strange feeling to see a grid without Massa. However, he's got a lot of be proud of in his 14 seasons in Formula One. 


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