Felipe Massa says he cannot take too many highlights from his bonus season in Formula 1 after a largely uncompetitive year with Williams, but will hold fond memories of the 2017-spec cars after retiring from the sport at the end of the season.

Massa had been due to retire from F1 at the end of last season, only to receive a recall from Williams after Valtteri Bottas' move up to Mercedes in the wake of Nico Rosberg's shock decision to quit after winning the world championship.

Massa started the season strongly, finishing sixth in Australia, but his form tailed off through the year to leave him behind rookie teammate Lance Stroll in the drivers' championship ahead of this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix - his final home race after announcing he will retire for good at the end of the season last week.

When asked about the stand-out moments from his bonus year, Massa said there were "not amazing highlights" due to Williams' struggles in F1's midfield, but stressed his enjoyment with the 2017-spec cars.

"I think the way we started the season, it was not the same way we finished the season. Definitely the car was more competitive at the beginning than the end," Massa said.

"I think I definitely enjoyed to drive the car for all these rules that have been changed from last year to this year. I think it’s a lot of fun this car to drive, a lot more downforce. I definitely enjoyed it a lot.

"Unfortunately I was a little bit unlucky in some races otherwise I could have scored massive points. I expected maybe a season that would have been a litle bit more competitive than how we were.

"But I definitely enjoyed having fun by driving the car. I’m happy that I’ve been able to take the best out of this car when I didn’t have any problems. I think it was a season that I definitely enjoyed.

"I think it will be nice to remember this season, the way you drive this car, for many years to come."

Massa is relishing the opportunity to say goodbye to his home fans for a second time, as well as stressing he would definitely be retiring from F1 this time around.

"Actually it’s my second retirement race in Brazil, but this time it is the last one for sure," Massa said.

"[I'm] definitely really looking forward to another amazing feeling to race at home and really enjoy the track that I grew up on for my last time in a Formula 1 car.

"So definitely looking forward and really hope we can have a nice race and a nice result to finish well."

 

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