FELIPE Massa has confirmed he’s to give up F1 on the finish of the 2017 season after 15 years within the sport.
The 36-year-old Brazilian had initially referred to as time on his profession on the finish of final yr.
However he was introduced again by Williams for the 2017 season following Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement, which led to Valtteri Bottas’ switching to Mercedes.
Williams had not confirmed its driver line-up for subsequent yr and had not deliberate to announce it till the tip of season.
That had left a cloud of uncertainty over Massa and he has now revealed that he has determined to hold up his gloves.
The veteran racer posted a video message on Twitter and instructed followers: “Thanks for the help, love you guys.”
Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta are favourites to succeed Massa though Mercedes, who provide Williams with engines, are mentioned to be eager to get Pascal Wehrlein in alongside Lance Stroll, in accordance with Sky Sports activities.
In his assertion, Massa mentioned: “As everybody is aware of, after saying my retirement from System 1 final yr, I agreed to return this season to assist Williams when the decision got here.
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“I’ve now loved 4 nice years with the group, however my profession in System 1 will lastly come to an finish this season. As soon as extra, I wish to say a giant thanks to everybody who has supported me all through this time: my spouse and my father, my entire household, my supervisor Nicolas and all my buddies, colleagues and sponsors.
“I’d additionally like so as to add an enormous thanks to the entire followers who’ve been extremely supportive and passionate over time.
“I take so many nice recollections with me as I put together for my ultimate two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and though they are going to be emotional, I’m wanting ahead to ending on a excessive be aware and making ready for a brand new chapter in my profession.”
Massa began an unimaginable 267 races throughout his profession, driving for Sauber, Ferrari and Williams.
He gained 11 of these races and made it on to the rostrum a complete of 41 instances.
His finest championship end got here in 2008, when he got here second to Lewis Hamilton.
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