Felipe Massa has announced he will retire from F1 at the end of this season, making the next race in Brazil his final home race.
The Brazilian had originally retired last year and received one of the most memorable send off’s at his home race. In which most of the pit crews stood and applauded him as he walked down the pitlane after crashing at the final corner.
But after Nico Rosberg’s sudden retirement, Botta’s ent to Mercedes and Williams called him back for another season.
But with 3 drivers in contention for the seat, the Brazilian will leave the sport in Abu Dhabi.
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.”
Stroll will stay with the team for a second year with Robert Kubica (who tested for Williams and Renault), Paul di Resta (Williams reserve driver) and Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes young diver) all potential replacements for Massa.
“I would like to thank Felipe for all he has done for the team over the last four years,” said Williams deputy principal Clair Williams,.
“We are especially grateful that he agreed to postpone his retirement from Formula 1 for a year, after Valtteri joined Mercedes, which demonstrated the depth of the relationship we built during our time together.
“We appreciate that it wasn’t an easy decision for him to return, after having such an emotional send-off at the end of last year.
“On behalf of Sir Frank, and all the team, we give our very best wishes to Felipe for the future.”