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FORMULA ONE: BRAZILAIN DRIVER FELIPE MASSA TO RETIRE AT THE END OF 2016 SEASON

Brazilian Formula One driver Felipe Massa announced on Thursday he will retire at the end of the 2016 season. The 35-year-old, who began his Grand Prix career in 2002, confirmed his long-expected departure during a news conference ahead of this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

"After 27 years of my racing career, since I started karting and with 15 years in F1, this will be my last season in F1.

"Life gives us so many choices. I think for me it has got to the time where I have to go and do something different."

Massa started his career with Sauber before moving to Ferrari in 2006 and then Williams.

He is in his third year with Williams, having joined the team in 2014, and will mark his 250th Grand Prix start at his final race in Abu Dhabi this year.

"Maybe you will see me again at the wheel of a race car, but at the moment the only certainty I have is that I will have a lot of time to decide on what I do in the future," the Brazilian added.

Massa, a winner of 11 Grands Prix, said he chose to make his announcement at Monza because former Ferrari team-mate and seven-time champion Michael Schumacher had done the same in 2006, thus confirming Massa’s continued presence with Ferrari alongside Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

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