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Ferrari’s Massa to retire after season

Reuters

Brazilian Felipe Massa announced on Thursday that he will retire from Formula One at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Williams driver, who won 11 races for Ferrari between 2006 and 2008 and finished overall runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the 2008 world championship, is out of contract at the end of the year.

“After 15 years in Formula One … this will be my last season,” Massa told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix.

Massa, who survived a near-fatal head injury in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying in 2009, joined former champion Williams from Ferrari in 2014.