Felipe Massa to quit F1 at end of 2016 season

Felipe Massa to quit F1 at end of 2016 season

Felipe Massa has confirmed that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the current season. Massa has made his debut back in 2002 with Sauber, before Williams signed him from Ferrari later on in his career. Let's not forget he raced for Ferrari for eight years, and came within a point of denying Lewis Hamilton the 2008 world championship.

In 2009 Massa suffered the worst accident of his career during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. His last race, his 250th, will be the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in November.

It seems Massa has seen the way the F1 wind is blowing, and chosen his moment to go with the utmost dignity.

Button has competed in every campaign of Massa's 14-season F1 career and despite never being team-mates with the Brazilian the pair have a strong relationship and says his decision to call time on his F1 career "brave but the right one".

"I'm so proud to have been part of this team", said Massa.

Massa is in his third season at Williams.

"Deciding what I do next will be done in a calm manner - in the same way that I took the decision to end my time in F1". "I achieved more than I ever expected".

"I have known for a few months", he said at the press conference. To Massa from his race engineer Rob Smedley, they have passed into folklore, made Smedley a superstar and ironically enhanced the driver's standing.

Massa, a victor of 11 Grands Prix, said he chose to make his announcement at Monza because former Ferrari team-mate and seven-time champion Michael Schumacher had done the same in 2006, thus confirming Massa's continued presence with Ferrari alongside Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

"Thank you for finishing your career at Williams".

Felipe Massa considers Michael Schumacher as one of the biggest influences on his career, and that's why the Brazilian driver chose Monza to announce his retirement, which also happened to be the choice of Schumacher when he first announced his retirement from F1 in 2006.

In 2014, he signed for Williams, with whom he finished 7th in the world championship the first year and sixth in 2015. I won 11 races, was on the podium many times, I've raced for different teams and worked with many different people. "Even if l lost the championship by a point l am very proud of my career and what l have achieved".