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JEN­SON BUT­TON and Felipe Massa made emo­tional ex­its from For­mula One on Sun­day when they took part in their fi­nal races of long and suc­cess­ful ca­reers. Bri­ton But­ton, the 2009 cham­pion, and Massa, who missed out on the 2008 ti­tle in dra­matic cir­cum­stances af­ter win­ning his home Brazil­ian Grand Prix, were both given warm farewells by their teams, friends and pad­dock reg­u­lars. But­ton was forced into re­tire­ment af­ter only 12 laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix while Massa fin­ished the race in ninth po­si­tion to score points in his fi­nal race for Wil­liams. “I am so proud and it is very emo­tional,” said Massa. “I have en­joyed it all so much and will have won­der­ful mem­o­ries of my time.” Massa drove 250 races for Sauber, Fer­rari and Wil­liams. But­ton, who came into For­mula One aged 20 in 2000, started 305 races and, like Massa, has been much ad­mired for his easy-go­ing per­son­al­ity. “Our re­li­a­bil­ity is some­thing we pride our­selves on – we don’t have fail­ures. It’s so un­usual. It’s un­lucky, but to be fair I don’t re­ally care,” he said on Sun­day. “But it doesn’t change any feel­ings of my ca­reer and end­ing my ca­reer. I’m very con­tent with what I’ve achieved. Tonight’s go­ing to be a hell of a lot of fun.”

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