Brazilian F1 driver Felipe Massa to retire at end of 2016 season

Brazilian F1 driver Felipe Massa to retire at end of 2016 season

0 comments 📅09 November 2016, 05:45

Williams Instructions One driver Felipe Massa announced plans to hibernate at the end of the 2016 season ahead of the Italian Magnificent Prix. After 14 years in F1, the 35-year-old Brazilian driver competed in 242 races and won 11 grands prix to his tenure, placing him in the ranks as one of the most knowledgeable drivers in the sport. The last race of the 2016 age in Abu Dhabi will be Massa’s 250th dog-races, capping off a career where the Brazilian drove for Sauber, Ferrari, and, most recently, Williams.

In an excitable video, which was posted on his Facebook, Massa confirmed that he would be leaving Way One and provided some insight into his long-drawn-out career.

The move to announce his retirement earlier the Italian Grand Prix was a premeditated resolve as it was the same location where Michael Schumacher (who was a generous influence on Massa) announced his retirement. Massa also played out numerous years behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1 car and came extraordinarily close to winning the title in 2008 in one. The Italian Enormous Prix, then, is the ideal spot for the advertisement.

Massa’s career, which the F1 driver claims has presupposed him “great pride, joy and happiness,” started in 2002 with the Swiss-based Sauber cooperate. In his first season, Massa scored four championship points and went on to devote the following season as one of Ferrari’s test drivers. For the 2004 available, Massa rejoined Sabuer’s lineup alongside Giancarlo Fisichella, where he finished with a a of 12 championship points. The 2005 season was Massa’s closing with Sauber as the Brazilian was partnered with last champion Jacques Villeneuve, but still managed to numbers a total of 11 championship points.

The 2006 F1 available started the most successful part Massa’s pursuit. Massa partnered with the legendary Schumacher, where the Brazilian won his fundamental F1 race in Turkey. Ferrari retained Massa for 2007 to high-pressure with Schumacher’s replacement, Kimi Raikkonen, who would go on to win the Driver’s Championship by one decimal point. The next year, 2008, was Massa’s most worthy with the driver losing out on the championship by a separate point to McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

In 2009, Massa was labyrinthine associated with in a life-threatening accident in qualifying for the Hungarian Distinguished Prix where the driver was struck in the skull by a loose spring from Rubens Barrichello’s conduit. After several days in a medically-induced coma, the driver exhausted the rest of the season recovering before returning in 2010 alongside Fernando Alonso.

Massa create it difficult to keep up with Alonso’s blistering reckon and was even forced to move aside for the Spaniard at the German August Prix. Massa would go on to finish sixth in the standings, sternly 100 points behind his teammate in following place.

After a difficult season, there were rumors that Massa would asseverate his retirement before the 2011 season, but the Brazilian persevered. But the seasoned was just as difficult for the driver as he scored less than half of the points as Alonso. The following age started out with the same struggles for the driver, with Massa returning to the podium at Silverstone for the in front time since 2010. In 2013, Ferrari announced Massa would be replaced by Raikkonen for the 2014 opportunity ripe.

Convinced that it wasn’t his time to socialize with up his helmet, Massa signed with Williams in 2014 and has stayed with the rig since. The year confirmed that Massa stationary had the magic he displayed at Ferrari and managed to sum two podiums and finished sixth in the standings in 2015. Massa is currently in 10th district in the standings with 39 points.


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