Felipe Massa retires from retirement
Felipe Massa has come out of retirement and will represent Williams this season. The Brazilian has signed a one year deal and will replace Valtteri Bottas who will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes next year.
Massa announced his retirement less than a year ago but says his fans are the reason he is back in Formula 1 racing. “When the media began reporting that I might return, I was touched by the response from so many fans who wanted to see me back in the sport. That was certainly a factor in the decision, so I’d like to thank the fans for their support.”
The decision came after former Mercedes man, Nico Rosberg, announced his retirement after becoming World Champion last year. Since then, Mercedes made it clear that they were interested in Bottas as a replacement. Williams were left with F1 rookie, Lance Stroll, as their only driver, so Massa took it upon himself to help out his former employers.
“I have a strong love for Williams as I have enjoyed the last three years with the team, and therefore coming back to help give stability and experience to drive things forward in 2017 was something that felt right to do.”
Massa will be in action on the opening day of the Formula 1 season on March 26th.
Written by Chris Remington.
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