Felipe Massa confirms he will quit Formula 1 at the end of the season

FELIPE Massa has confirmed he is to quit F1 at the end of the 2017 season after 15 years in the sport.

The 36-yr-previous Brazilian had initially referred to as time on his profession at the end of final yr.

 Massa has decided to call it a day after 15 year career

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Massa has determined to name it a day after 15 yr profession

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 end 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 advised followers: "Thanks for the help, love you guys."

 Massa after race on home circuit in Brazil last year

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Massa after race on house circuit in Brazil final yr

Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta are favourites to succeed Massa though Mercedes, who provide Williams with engines, are stated to be eager to get Pascal Wehrlein in alongside Lance Stroll, in line with Sky Sports activities.

In his assertion, Massa stated: "As everybody is aware of, after saying my retirement from Formula 1 final yr, I agreed to return this season to assist Williams when the name got here.

"I’ve now loved 4 nice years with the group, however my profession in Formula 1 will lastly come to an end this season. As soon as extra, I want to say an enormous 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 associates, colleagues and sponsors.

"I might additionally like so as to add an enormous thanks to all of the followers who’ve been extremely supportive and passionate over the years.

"I take so many nice reminiscences with me as I put together for my ultimate two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and though they will be emotional, I’m wanting ahead to ending on a excessive notice and getting 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 eleven of these races and made it on to the podium a complete of forty one occasions.

His greatest championship end got here in 2008, when he got here second to Lewis Hamilton.

FELIPE Massa has confirmed he is to quit F1 at the end of the 2017 season after 15 years in the sport.