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Massa ready to go but hopes Brazil's GP will stay

Massa ready to go but hopes Brazil's GP will stay”

Talking to reporters ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix, Massa reflected on his career, his 11 wins with Ferrari, his narrow miss in the 2008 world championship and the plight of his beloved Brazil, suffering severe economic challenges.

Outgoing Williams driver Felipe Massa believes the team will make improvements in 2018, after admitting its in-season development this year was "not great".

His departure ends an unbroken line of Brazilian drivers stretching back almost four decades and comes at a time when Interlagos, which has a contract to host the race to 2020, is up for sale.

Kimi Raikkonen has jokingly suggested we will have to wait until the first race of the new Formula One season to see if Felipe Massa has actually retired from the sport.

After being lured back from retirement to race one more year with Williams, when friend and team-mate Valtteri Bottas departed to join Mercedes in January, this time he is leaving Formula One forever.

"So, I think when you're driving and you're competing, you really feel the emotion of doing your job, or for enjoying yourself, so yes, definitely I really hope I can find the category that I have fun, like I had in Formula 1 for very long".

"This time is the last one for sure in Formula One", Massa said of his second farewell to the home crowd in the space of a year.

"It was like a dream come true for a Brazilian that was always dreaming of being in Formula One, especially in this track", he said.



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