Felipe Massa announces retirement from Formula One

Felipe Massa has announced his retirement from Formula One at a press conference in Monza.

The Brazilian driver – who made his debut in 2002 – has enjoyed a 14 year career in the sport racing for Sauber, Ferrari and Williams. He will retire from Formula One at the end of the 2016 season.

Veteran of 244 races (242 starts) Massa has enjoyed 11 wins, 41 podiums, and 16 pole positions over the course of his career to date. In 2008 he finished second in the world championship – his best result – narrowly missing out on being crowned champion by just a single point. He celebrated his 200th race at the British Grand Prix in 2014 and currently lies ninth in the all time list of race entries.

Making his debut in 2002, Massa started driving in Formula One for Sauber finishing 13th in the championship and scoring four points. In 2003 he took a year out from racing to become a Ferrari test driver – the start of his long term relationship with the Scuderia. He returned to a race seat with Sauber for 2004 and 2005 before making his debut with Ferrari as a race driver in 2006. He finished third in the championship and picked up his first two wins in the sport – at the Turkish Grand Prix and his home race in Brazil.

He raced with Ferrari for eight seasons – becoming one of just a handful of drivers to race over 100 Grand Prix for one team – racking up 139 races. He missed the latter half of the 2009 season after suffering a nasty accident at the Hungarian Grand Prix when he sustained a head injury. An errant spring came off the back of fellow countryman Rubens Barrichello’s car and hit Massa.

Massa made his return in 2010, finishing sixth in the championship. In 2014 Massa made the switch to Williams where his most recent podium came at last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

After his long spell at Ferrari it is apt he has announced his retirement at the Italian Grand Prix, home of the passionate Tifosi where ten years earlier Massa’s team-mate Michael Schumacher announced his own retirement. Massa may have never won the world championship but he has had a very successful Formula One career and hopefully he’ll be able to go out on a high.

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