F1 »

F1 Abu Dhabi GP: Massa: F1 retirement won’t hit me until next year

Felipe Massa says he won't feel the full effect of leaving Formula One until the start of next season when he is not on the grid.
Felipe Massa says he won't feel the full effect of leaving Formula One until the start of next season when he is not on the grid, having begun his final F1 race weekend in Abu Dhabi.

The Williams driver, who ended his final Friday free practice in F1 tenth overall in Abu Dhabi, says he isn't focusing on the race weekend as his 250th and final in the sport as he is concentrating on a positive performance to leave on a high note.

The Brazilian driver believes he will only truly feel the effects of F1 retirement around the time of 2017 pre-season testing and when the season opener in Australia rolls around.

“When you are in the race weekend you are just thinking about the car, thinking about the set-up, so for sure I didn't even think about it being my last Friday,” Massa said. “Everything is going in a good way so I'm not feeling anything, but maybe when the season starts for sure you feel a little bit more.

“When you start next season and you're not there it will be something a bit strange and you're going to feel more than just now when it's the end of the season and everybody wants to stop, everybody wants to go home, everybody wants to relax and have some holidays. So maybe the beginning of the season will be a little bit more tough than it is now.”

Down to the wire: The tensest F1 title finales of all time

Massa will hang up his helmet in F1 at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix when he leaves Williams to be replaced by rookie Lance Stroll.

POINTS: The F1 Drivers' & Constructors' standings ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F1 finale

Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
24.11.2016 - Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW38
McLaren, 2011 launch, [Credit: Crash PA]
Crash.net 2017 Formula 1 Calendar
Williams, FW40, teaser shot [Credit: Williams Martini Racing]
Michael Schumacher
Michael Schumacher and the 1996 Ferrari F310
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 to be unveiled on Feb 26th
Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - Mercedes, McLaren
Antonio Giovinazzi - Ferrari SF15-T
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Manor`s 2017 F1 car model [Pic: Twitter]
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Milwaukee reveals 2017 WSBK Aprilia RSV4
Chase Carey, Ross Brawn & Sean Bratches
Sebastian Vettel, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, ROC [Credit: ROC]
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates after winning the 2017 Race of Champions title in Miami [Pic credit: ROC]
Race of Champions 2017, action [Pic credit: ROC]
Juan Pablo Monotya. Race of Champions 2017, action [Pic credit: ROC]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.