Massa ends F1 career with 'great feeling'

Massa ends F1 career with 'great feeling'

27 November 2017 – Felipe Massa ended his career with a "great feeling" after bowing out of Formula 1 with a points finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Massa, who delayed his exit following the end-of-2016 reshuffle, started and finished Sunday's twilight race in 10th position, having fought "from the beginning to the end".

He gained a spot with Daniel Ricciardo's retirement, but lost out to Fernando Alonso after the pit-stops, enjoying another close scrap with the McLaren driver.

Massa leaves Formula 1 with 11 wins, 41 podiums and 16 pole positions.

"It's a great feeling," said Massa after the chequered flag.

"I can say I am really proud of everything I've achieved, all 16 years and all the amazing races, and the great people I met in the paddock, racing against the best drivers in the world.

"To be honest, I'm very lucky to have had all of this in my life so thanks to my family and to god for all of these amazing opportunities.

"The race was good, I was fighting from the beginning to the end.

"Unfortunately, we lost the position after the pit-stop but I'm really happy overall."

Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe paid tribute to Massa for his efforts.

"There was a lot of emotion in the camp around Felipe's last drive for the team after such a great career in Formula 1," he commented.

"It was a tough race with some very competitive racing.

"We had a close fight with Fernando in the opening lap and then later on in the race around the pit-stops. Unfortunately, we didn't have the pace today to stay ahead.

"We ran out of energy on the outlap, which is why Fernando was able to get past as they came out of the pits, but we scored a point and points is what it's all about.

"I'm happy for Felipe and for the team to finish that way."

Williams will field Robert Kubica and Sergey Sirotkin at this week's Pirelli tyre test at Yas Marina, as it evaluates its options to partner Lance Stroll in 2018.

Stroll was the final finisher in Sunday's race, having made three pit-stops.

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