Role for retired Massa in FIA shake-up

Date published: December 10 2017

Felipe Massa has been appointed as the new head of the FIA Karting Commission following his retirement from Formula 1.

The Brazilian officially retired after the season finale in Abu Dhabi but was soon linked with a role within the FIA organisation as he still had a hunger and a passion for motorsport.

Massa has wasted little time in planning his next races and will take part in the Brazilian Stock Car Championship opener early next year and is strongly fancied to take a full-time seat in Formula E in 2019.

But, following the official announcement of Jean Todt staying on to complete a third and final four-year term as FIA president, Massa was revealed as one of the fresh faces joining the governing body.

Todt will lead a re-structured team with Brian Gibbons replacing Nick Craw as the new president of the Senate that looks after the federation’s management and finances.

Massa lines up first post-Formula 1 drive

Date published: December 7 2017

Felipe Massa has announced that he will make his debut at the Brazilian Stock Car Championship opener on March 10.

The Brazilian and now former Williams driver is pursuing other interests now that his Formula 1 career is over and will race on home soil at Interlagos.

Massa is joining Cimed Racing and will share the car alongside five-time champion and good friend Caca Bueno. It is also the first time Massa has competed in a Brazilian Championship since 1999.

“I am honoured by the invitation and will be very proud to make my debut in Stock Car in double with the greatest champion in activity and my great friend, Caca Bueno,” said Massa.

“Cimed Racing, as the current two-time champion, is the ideal team to face a challenge like this, in an extremely competitive championship.”

Massa has also been linked with a full-time seat in Formula E but may have to wait until next season for that opportunity to arise.

Massa: Proved myself to the very end

Date published: December 2 2017

Felipe Massa believes he proved even in his final race in Formula 1 that he can make a “good contribution” as he wrapped up his career with another points-scoring finish.

The Williams driver bid farewell to Formula 1 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Massa capped it with a tenth-placed finish on an evening where he engaged in a thrilling battle with Fernando Alonso.

It was a good ending to a career that included 11 grand prix wins and a runner-up result in the 2008 championship.

“I feel that I am a very lucky person,” he wrote in his Motorsport.com column.

“I realised my ambitions by completing a career that fulfilled the dreams I had as a child. And when you live such a beautiful story, you have to thank those who helped you on that path.

“And that starts with my family, who didn’t miss any opportunity to give me the biggest support possible – especially in the most difficult moments.

“I think the last races have shown how appreciated I was as an F1 driver. I was very happy with the results from both Brazil and Abu Dhabi, where I don’t think it would have been possible to bring home anything more.

“It was important to end the long journey of my career on such a positive note, and up until the final metres of my F1 career, I’ve shown I am a professional who can make a good contribution to a team.”

The Brazilian not only ended his career with a few burnouts but also joined race winner Valtteri Bottas and 2017 World Champ Lewis Hamilton in parking his car on the track.

“After the chequered flag at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix I decided to do something a bit special – that isn’t really covered by the FIA rules. But after 15 years of Formula 1, I am sure I will be forgiven.

‘Following the lap of honour, I went with my car to the start/finish straight with the two Mercedes drivers to celebrate with a spectacular burnout.

“I was delighted to receive the greetings from Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton, but above all have the opportunity to say thanks to everyone who has accompanied me on this long journey.”

Massa hopes Williams pick talent, not ‘other things’

Date published: November 27 2017

Felipe Massa is hoping that talent wins the day when Williams eventually decide his replacement.

At present the team has a short list of Robert Kubica, Paul di Resta, Daniil Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein in the running to replace the Brazilian.

It is, however, Kubica who is believed to be leading the chase.

And while Massa isn’t willing to name his favourite, he is hoping that the team at least signs someone “good” who has “talent.”

“I am sure they need to have a good driver to replace me otherwise it will not be very great,” Massa said.

“If the team cannot see that what can I do… sometimes the talent doesn’t count compared to some other things.

“That is the way it is sometimes. Unfortunately, it can be a shame in Formula 1. Not at all of the teams.”

Massa vows to ‘risk everything’ in final race

Date published: November 25 2017

Felipe Massa has promised to have fun in his final race in Formula 1 and was delighted with the lap that put him into the top-10 shoot-out.

Both Williams cars were struggling in Q2 but the Brazilian produced a fantastic lap in order to see him through to the final session and knock out former team-mate Fernando Alonso in the process.

Massa will line up from 10th in Sunday’s race and is going to leave everything he has out on the track.

“It was good. I’m so happy with the lap,” Massa told Sky Sports F1.

“I don’t know how I got into Q3, I was on the limit. But I was happy with my laps, taking the best out of the car.

“Almost perfect laps and that’s what counts in the end. We are 10th but I think that was the best we could achieve today.

“You try everything you can, brake late, go early on the throttle. It worked. Unfortunately I’m 10th but the lap was perfect.

“It’s a good way to retire, good races, good lap times. I’m happy that I’m finished with my head up and competitive.

“I want to have fun tomorrow. I have nothing to lose, risk everything you can. Let’s have fun.”

Massa knows who his Williams successor is

Date published: November 24 2017

Felipe Massa has said he knows who is replacing him for the 2018 season at Wililiams, but would not reveal the identity of the driver.

After the second attempt, Massa is retiring from Formula 1 following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend as he stepped back into Williams car when Valtteri Bottas joined Mercedes.

But Williams are now one of the last teams to fully announce their 2018 line-up and are set to officially confirm the news after their post-season test next week.

Robert Kubica is the strong favourite to be announced as Lance Stroll’s partner, but Daniil Kvyat, Pascal Wehrlein, Sergey Sirotkin and Paul di Resta have all been linked throughout the long process of finding Massa’s replacement.

Massa claims he has been told who has clinched the seat already, but that is as much information he is giving away.

“I already know who it is, so I don’t need to put money on it,” Massa said when asked who he put money on to get the seat.

“But I will not tell you.”

Massa was then asked whether he agreed with the decision, but is not too bothered about it given that he is leaving the sport.

He added: “I hope it is the best option for the team. But I’m leaving, so it doesn’t matter to me.

“I am happy and I wish the team all the best.”

Massa braced for emotional farewell

Date published: November 21 2017

Felipe Massa is expecting an “emotional weekend” in Abu Dhabi as the Williams driver says farewell to the team, and Formula 1 as a whole.

For the second year running, the Abu Dhabi season finale marks Massa’s retirement party.

This year, though, the Brazilian is adamant it is definitely his last.

“For me, it will be quite an emotional weekend as it will be my final race with Williams as well as my final race in Formula One,” he said.

“I am looking forward to it and plan to enjoy every moment, to finish my Formula One career on a high note!”

He added: “Abu Dhabi is always a nice race and a place I always like to visit. The people go crazy for Formula One as well, so I hope to see the track completely full!

“There are so many parties and boats around the track, and so many people enjoying themselves and getting excited for the race. The track infrastructure is one of the best in the world too.”

As for Lance Stroll, this will be his first time racing in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, however, it is not one that he is really looking forward to.

“I went there last year just after I was confirmed as a Williams Martini Racing driver, and it was a great event. In my view, it is a wonderful place to finish off the season,” he said.

“It is in the desert and they really put on a show, so this will certainly be a fitting end to the season.

“The circuit itself wouldn’t be my favourite as it is very stop and go and doesn’t have a great flow to it but, despite that, the show is great and so good for the fans. One very interesting thing is the pit lane exit which is in a tunnel under the track, which is pretty different.”