After 15 years in F1 with stints for Sauber, Ferrari, and currently, Williams, Felipe Massa has announced he will retire at the end of the 2016 season. The 35-year-old Brazilian will have entered 250 Grands Prix by his final race in Abu Dhabi, winning 11 of them.
Massa before this weekend's Italian Grand Prix because it was the same place Michael Schumacher announced his ten years ago. At the time, he and Schumacher were teammates at Ferrari, and Massa credits his retirement with allowing him to continue to grow at Ferrari.
"I'm relieved and happy," Massa told the BBC. "You need to be strong enough to make decisions that are quite difficult."
While he just missed winning a Drivers Championship, losing to Lewis Hamilton by one point in 2008 in what has to be , he said he's happy with what he's accomplished.
"I managed to achieve my dream and I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout," he said.
As of right now, it's unclear who will replace Massa at Williams, but the team is reportedly considering both Jenson Button–who's unhappy at McLaren and mulling retirement himself–and Force India's Sergio Perez.
This also might not be the last time we have a Massa in F1, either: Felipe's seven-year-old son Felipinho is already showing promise.