Massa: Part of me wanted to carry on

Felipe Massa

Felipe Massa is hanging up his Formula 1 helmet at the end of this season and is likely to pursue other motor racing avenues, although he believes he still has what it takes it to be racing at the pinnacle of the sport he acknowledges that all good things have to come to an end.

Writing in his column, Massa said, “Part of me wanted to carry on because I think I’m still competitive enough to race a top-line Formula 1 car, and also because I feel very good at Williams. But every story has to come to an end at some point, and on my part I have no regrets.”

“Exactly a year ago I lived the same situation, and then suddenly the team asked me to come back. For me, it was a real privilege to do so and something I appreciated a lot, and a year later I am ready to follow a different path – happy with what I have done and what we have achieved this season.”

“There are those who will be curious to know where I will be racing next year, but it is too early to declare now. For now my focus is on finishing the season. I have two more grands prix to do, which will be important for me and the team, and then you will see.”

“I will consider all the possibilities that I have been offered, and then decide without hesitation nor with the stress of being on track at all costs. I like to race, I feel competitive, and that’s what I want to do.”

“I would like to accept a new challenge, as long as it is a professional role and with good prospects to deliver strong results.”

“While I enjoy racing, I want to keep doing it – and keep getting the pleasure that I have always had throughout my career.”

In 267 grand prix starts Massa scored 11 wins, 41 podiums, 16 pole positions and was narrow runner-up to Lewis Hamilton in the 2008 World Championship.