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Featured F1: Felipe Massa to Retire at Season's End

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Chris Stacey, Sep 1, 2016.

  1. Chris Stacey

    Chris Stacey
    Ted Kravitz Appreciation Society Staff Premium Member

    Massa-Retire.jpg 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.
     
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  2. Good. Listening "a race to forget" after every weekend was getting really annoying
     
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  3. Andrew Harper

    Andrew Harper
    Premium Member

    Thought maybe he might have stayed on for one more year, the new regulations may have suited him more.

    Always had a lot of respect for him after the 2008 showdown, his drive in the Brazilian GP was brilliant.

    In recent years he's lost some of the speed he had but I think he suffers badly if the tyre won't work with him, I think in this years Williams he's destroying the tyres too quickly, whether that's style, setup or car I don't know but you saw it a lot last year as well. Always seems he's very quick at the start of a stint and then the tyres go off and he starts to loose a lot of pace.

    I think the whole "look after the car" period of F1 hasn't suited him so much.

    One of the nicest F1 drivers I've been lucky enough to meet and I hope he lands a good drive in WEC or maybe he'll follow Rubens into Brazilian racing series.

    Fingers crossed for a podium at Monza :thumbsup:
     
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  4. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

    Great man, good driver, epic sportsman.

    Respect.
     
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  5. Cristian Haba

    Cristian Haba
    #555 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs Staff Premium Member

    Aye aye, good night sweet prince.

    Seriously wish he'd have achieved more, a talented driver nonetheless with ample staying power. And yes a true sportsman, often got dealt an unlucky hand however he took it all in stride. (Starting to feel old)

    PS. The man has quite the respect for Schumacher, that's admirable.
     
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  6. The times he spent in Ferrari with Schumacher and Kimi were just the glory years in his career. He deserved that one title more than anyone else. I hope he will choose Blancpain series as his new home, don't want to see him being out of motorsport at all.
     
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  7. Lorenzo Bonder

    Lorenzo Bonder
    #forçaChape Staff

    A and probable most real option) Becomes a Brazilian Stock Car driver.
    B) Goes to Blancpain
    C) Goes to WEC in the GT category.

    Either way, I still remember the 08 season, Ferrari. Your major screw ups took away his champ. And from 2009 and ownwards only ups and downs. But still, take Button away, the most sportsman guy in F1 today.
     
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  8. I'll miss his trolling on Ricciardo and Alonso.
     
  9. He had to retire after 2009
     
  10. Queequeg

    Queequeg
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    Great driver, should have won WDC in 2008. I wish him all the best, maybe in Brasilian Stock Car Racing?
     
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  11. Andrew Harper

    Andrew Harper
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    We'll see what happens in the future but I agree that may be a good option for him. Simply because he'll be in the home country he loves so much, with his family around him.

    However....:D The idea of him driving a works Ferrari in the WEC would be kinda cool...;)
     
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  12. Or the #333 in Blancpain. Even though I wanna see him in a BMW.
     
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  13. I hope we'll see him somewhere else, Blancpain,Brazilian Stockcars. A man who deserved more in his career.He was my favourite at ferrari. I'll never forget the scary moments in Hungary 2009. I hope he wins at Monza. He would make the crowd go crazy
     
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  14. Bouncing back from the testing role in 2003 to drive for Ferrari in 2006, and do so well that Schumi got the rude treatment from the team and was forced to leave. Despite his struggles especially in the wet, three team mess ups and Flavio Briatore costing the title, he was extremely graceful in 2008.

    2009's accident may have made things never be the same but he kept trying. Then still graceful despite Ferrari's treatment. Then his dream to drive for Williams. Sadly Brazil doesn't really have upcoming youth to succeed him. Never was a big fan but always appreciated what he was able to achieve in his career, I hope his career ends on a high note.
     
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  15. His F1 career was a success, even if he didn't the title (thanks Timo you .....) I'd say he was and still is way better than Jenson Button. (Jenson won a championship only because he had a super overpowered car..)
     
  16. Michael Watts

    Michael Watts
    XB1 Gamertag: michaei watts Premium Member

    Solid Driver.. not a big Ego.. I quite liked the guy! I'm sure Williams is sad to see him go as well. Hope they don't fill the seat with another "Maldonado" Type young gun.
     
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