Felipe Massa says he won’t hold anything back in his final-ever Formula 1 race before he retires from the sport after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After triumphing in qualifying by sneaking into Q3 with a final flying lap in the second session to displace Fernando Alonso in the McLaren, the Williams driver feels he’s set-up the race to produce a final flourish at the Yas Marina circuit starting from 10th on the grid following his emotional seventh place finish in Brazil at his last home race.

Massa feels his qualifying performance demonstrates he’s lost none of his speed despite heading for the F1 exit, with Williams looking to replace the Brazilian driver for 2018 alongside Lance Stroll, and wants to go out on a high.

“To finish with good lap times, good races - it's a good way to retire,” Massa said. “I'm taking the best [out of myself] and being competitive. I just managed to get to Q3 and I got the best out of the car. I'm so happy with what I achieved - and showing that I'm at the top of my competitiveness.

“I'm so happy with what I achieved and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's race. Some points would be great. I want to have fun. Nothing to lose - risk everything and don't care.”

Williams is running a final assessment for Massa’s replacement during the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test with front-runner Robert Kubica making his debut in the 2017-specificaiton Williams having enjoyed two private tests for the British team earlier in the year in a 2014-spec car.

Sergey Sirotkin has also been handed a test outing for Williams next week as a late contender for a 2018 F1 race seat. Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlien, ex-Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat and Williams’ reserve driver Paul di Resta are also considered to be on the shortlist.

 

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