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Felipe Massa announces his definitive retirement from Formula One

Felipe Massa announces his definitive retirement from Formula One

Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, from the Williams team, announced on Saturday his decision to retire from Formula One at the end of this season.

In a statement sent by his team, Massa assured that his “Formula One career will finally end in 2017.”

“Everyone knows that after announcing my retirement last year, I agreed to come back to help Williams. I have enjoyed four wonderful years with the team, but my Formula One career will definitely end at the end of this season, ”said the 36-year-old from Sao Paulo.

Massa will therefore participate in the last two Grand Prix – in Brazil and Abu Dhabi – and then will leave Formula One

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“This time it’s for real,” Massa said in a video posted on his social networks.

The pilot already had a first attempt to withdraw last year, but after a negotiation with his team he decided to reverse his decision and play one more season in the top competition of motoring.

In Abu Dhabi, Massa will complete his 15th season with nearly 300 grand prix contested throughout his career.

“I wanted to thank all the fans for all the affection, all the support of my family, my friends and sponsors, all the affection of all of you who supported me during all this time,” he said.

However, ‘Felipinho’ does not close the doors to follow in other tournaments of motoring since he asked his followers to continue supporting him “in other categories and in other championships in the future.”

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‘Felipinho’ started in the Sauber Petronas team, in which he competed for three seasons and shared training with pilots such as the Germans Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld, the Italian Giancarlo Fisichella or the Canadian Jacques Villeneuve.

In 2005, Massa switched to Ferrari, where he was teammates with seven-time German world champion Michael Schumacher in his final season with the Italian team. Then he shared a team with the Finnish Kimi Raikkonen between 2007 and 2009, and with the Spanish Fernando Alonso between 2010 and 2013.

In 2014, the Brazilian driver left the Italian team to start his time at Williams, which highlighted his help to “secure third place in the Constructors’ World Championship in 2014 and 2015 and fifth place in 2016.”

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«It was an absolute pleasure working with him (…). We admire him, because we know that it was not an easy decision for him to return, after having such an exciting farewell as last year. On behalf of Sir Frank and the whole team, we wish the best for Felipe in his future, “said Claire Williams, the team’s main boss, in the note. EFE

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