December 14, 2016 / by index / Wiliams / No Comments


With his retirement getting closer, the Williams team has decided to present Felipe Massa with the Formula 1 car which he had raced in at his final home Brazilian Grand Prix as what they call a “leaving gift”.

Massa will be drawing the curtains down on his F1 career after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday. At a special team farewell party held on Saturday night at the Yas Marina paddock, the Brazilian was at the centre stage.

Claire Williams, deputy team principal, had paid glowing tribute to the so many contributions by Massa since joining the outfit in 2014. After that, she announced that apart from the presents of a photo album and a specially commissioned cartoon to illustrate his career, Massa would be given his Brazilian GP chassis as well.

Title sponsor, Martini had ensured that the car featured a unique rebranding by replacing its name with “Massa” on the car.

An emotional Massa who struggled to hold back tears after hearing the announcement, told everyone that he was filled with gratitude for everything Williams had done for him,

“I am so proud of my career, everything I passed through, difficult moments, and great moments,” he said. “I think it is a good time, so I am really happy with my decision.

“It is very difficult to decide or stop, because we are young and you need to decide something in the moment that you are still fit.

To keep doing and keep working for very long, I am really sure I chose the right moment to do that.”

He noted that he had a good qualifying and he was happy about the outcome. He however insisted that going into Sunday’s Grand Prix, he had no feelings of sadness in the least.

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