In an emotional press conference at Monza, Felipe Massa revealed that this season of Formula 1, his 14th, will be his last. Massa, 35, chose to make the announcement at the Italian Grand Prix, just as his great friend and Ferrari mentor Michael Schumacher had done 10 years earlier.
For eight seasons Massa was a Ferrari racer and scored all of his 11 wins with the Italian team. Two landmarks stand out in his career: the championship he held for a matter of seconds until Lewis Hamilton passed Timo Glock at the final corner of the 2008 Brazilian GP to snatch the title from Massa's grasp; and the accident that nearly cost him his life the following year.
Massa sat out the second half of 2009 after he was injured by a spring that broke off Rubens Barrichello's Brawn during qualifying for the Hungarian GP. A year later, on the anniversary of that accident, he was leading in Germany when the now infamous call came through from race engineer Rob Smedley: "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?"