Big name, veteran driver announces his retirement after this season


Not yet knowing who he's driving for in 2018, Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has decided to hang it up.

Massa made the announcement via a press release by his team, Williams Martini Racing,

Massa, a veteran F1 driver of 15 years, had been pushing his Williams team to make a decision about drivers for next year, but no decision has been forthcoming,

"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," Massa said in a statement. "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 had said he would return for a 16th year, but only if it had been with Williams. There are several other drivers in contention to partner with Lance Stroll, so the uncertainty didn't sit well with Massa. Even so, he says there's no animosity.

"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."

Massa has over 250 grand prix starts with 11 wins and 41 podiums.