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Felipe Massa to retire from Formula 1

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Brazilian Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has announced to the world his plans for retirement at the end of the 2016 season.

The 35-year-old racing driver started out his life on the track at the tender age of eight, competing in the regional and national Go-Kart Championships.

He progressed onto various other motor sports, claiming success in Formula Chevrolet and Formula Renault respectively, before settling into the Formula 1 Sauber team in 2002.


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Massa made his Formula 1 debut with Sauber at the 2002 Australian Grand Prix, and since then, he has gone on to drive for Ferrari and Williams, winning 11 races and obtaining 41 podium finishes.

He helped Ferrari win two constructors titles in 2007 and 2008, where he finished runner-up in the driver's championship to Lewis Hamilton, missing out on the title by just one point.

During his debut year with Ferrari, Massa won two races and finished third in the driver's championship.

Two years later was when he finished runner-up behind Hamilton, but since then, he's struggled to compete at the top, and his highest finish has been sixth, which came in 2010, 2011, and 2015 respectively.

His career nearly ended a lot earlier, however, following a horrific crash during the Hungarian Grand Prix back in 2009. The Brazilian suffered a fractured skull after being hit on the head by a suspension part from another car.

Luckily, he managed to make his return to the sport, and will be retiring on his own terms.

Massa will end his career in Dubai at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the race being his 250th of his career.

He will end his career driving for Williams, the car he has driven for the past three seasons, obtaining five podium finishes throughout.

On his decision, Massa is said to be 'relieved and happy'. He stated that he has 'managed to achieve his dream', and also that it is the 'right time' for him to call it a day, on what has been a long and prosperous career for him in the sport. 

He said: "I'm relieved and happy. You need to be strong enough to make decisions that are quite difficult."

"I chose this place to announce my decision because 10 years ago Michael announced his retirement and the only way for me to continue at Ferrari was for him to stop.

"So he chose to stop to give me the opportunity and here is almost my second country, which I love so much.

"I managed to achieve my dream and I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout."

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