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Brazilian racer Felipe Massa.

Felipe Massa already has plans post-F1 retirement

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Brazilian legend Felipe Massa is reportedly set to take up a role with the FIA following his retirement at the end of the current Formula One season. 

The news was confirmed by Waldner Bernardo, president of Brazil's automobile federation, with the head stating that the veteran driver will represent his native country at the World Motor Sport Council. 

“Normally the (federation) president nominates himself to be part of the World Council,” Bernardo said.

“But I understand that Felipe Massa might be more useful than I am at the FIA.

“I invited him and on Tuesday, before going to Europe, he called me to say he had talked to his father, his friends, and understood that he could do something more for the sport,” he added.

Massa has provided great service to F1 since his entry into the division back in 2002 with former team Sauber. 

Although, the Williams driver enjoyed his best years during his second stint at Ferrari, where he partnered former world champion Kimi Raikkonen forming a strong partnership with the Finnish driver. 

In 2008, the 36-year-old came the closest to clinching the world title following a long and intriguing tussle with eventual champion Lewis Hamilton. 

The Brazilian finished just a point behind the Brit at 97 and also beat him in number of races won during the season - six to five.

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

A massive turning point in Massa's career, however, came in 2009 when he was severely injured during the Hungarian GP due to a suspension spring from the car of Brawn GP's Rubens Barichello. 

He spent the rest of the season on the sidelines and despite making a return in 2010, the Sao Paulo native never managed to reach the heights of 2009. 

Massa initially retired last season, waving goodbye to his F1 fans during the Brazilian Grand Prix on the penultimate weekend, but after Williams lost Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes, he was called out of retirement and took to the seat once more.

However, this time around, it is permanent, and it looks like a role with the FIA awaits him.

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