Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa has today announced that he will be retiring from Formula One at the end of the current season. The 35 year old has finally put to rest the rumours that his impending retirement was on the horizon by announcing it in an organised news conference at the Monza circuit ahead of the Italian Grand Prix this weekend. Massa will hang up his F1 overalls at the conclusion of the 2016 season having amassed 242 race starts (250 by the end of the season) resulting in 11 wins, 41 podiums, 16 pole positions and 15 fastest race laps in a career spanning 14 years. Despite the disappointment of failing to win the nail-biting 2008 championship, Felipe can leave F1 with his head held high after a career that many drivers could only dream of. At the press conference, flanked by team principal Claire Williams, Massa said that, "This will be my last season in F1. I will enjoy my last eight races in F1 as much as I've always done. I just want to say thank you to everybody who is around me and who have followed me in my career. He went on to say that, "I am very proud to have raced in F1 for so long. I achieved a lot more than l expected. Even if l lost the championship by a point l am very proud of my career and what l have achieved." He also revealed that he had made his decision to retire from the sport several months ago, and wanted to announce it on the weekend of the Italian GP because it was the same place that Michael Schumacher had called time on the first of his two F1 careers. Felipe Massa will take part in his last ever Italian GP this weekend in front of a crowd that he feels is like a second home. Given the straight line speed of the Williams, one last podium finish atop the greatest podium in motorsport is not entirely off the cards.