Massa to re­tire again from For­mula 1 at the end of the 2017 sea­son

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Williams driver Felipe Massa has an­nounced he will re­tire from For­mula 1 at the end of this sea­son.

It is the sec­ond time in a lit­tle over a year the Brazil­ian has re­vealed he is re­tir­ing, af­ter ini­tially plan­ning to walk away last sea­son only to be quickly drafted back into the Williams fold to re­place the de­part­ing Valt­teri Bot­tas, fol­low­ing Nico Ros­berg’s shock re­tire­ment.

Massa has now de­cided to re­tire again af­ter fall­ing down the list of can­di­dates for a Williams drive along­side Lance Stroll next year.

Massa – who made his F1 de­but in 2002 and has con­tested 267 races, tak­ing 11 wins – is now ex­pected to switch to For­mula E.

“As ev­ery­one knows, af­ter an­nounc­ing my re­tire­ment from For­mula 1 last year, I agreed to re­turn this sea­son to help Williams when the call came,” said Massa. “I have now en­joyed four great years with the team, but my ca­reer in For­mula 1 will fi­nally come to an end this sea­son.

“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.”

Williams test driver Paul di Resta and Robert Ku­bica are now be­lieved to be the favourites to se­cure a drive with the team next sea­son.

Massa will end 15-sea­son F1 ca­reer in 2017

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