Massa confirms retirement plan

05 November 2017 04:38:36 GMTPlus11

Williams driver Felipe Massa is to retire from Formula 1 at the end of this season.

The Brazilian had intended to quit F1 at the end of the 2016 campaign but returned to Williams after Valtteri Bottas moved to Mercedes in the wake of the shock retirement of world champion Nico Rosberg.

The winner of 11 Grand Prix in his career, Massa says there will be no going back on his decision this time around.

My career in Formula 1 will finally come to an end this season.

Felipe Massa

Massa had signalled his desire was to drive again in 2018 but Williams were not ready to commit to their driver line-up for next term and the 36-year-old admitted that he wanted to have closure on his future ahead of next weekend's home Grand Prix in Brazil.

"I agreed to return this season to help Williams when the call came," he said.

"I have now enjoyed four great years with the team, but my career in Formula 1 will finally come to an end this season."

Massa, 1001.00 to win next weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, achieved the bulk of his career successes for Ferrari and he says retires content with his lot.

"I take so many great memories with me as I prepare for my final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and although they will be emotional, I am looking forward to ending on a high note and preparing for a new chapter in my career," he added.

Williams are reportedly leaning towards giving the seat alongside Canadian rookie Lance Stroll to Robert Kubica, who has not raced in Formula 1 since suffering life-changing injuries in a horrific rally crash in February 2011.

Lewis Hamilton is 15.00 to win the Brazilian Grand Prix while Sebastian Vettel is a 2.10 chance.

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