F1: Felipe Massa will retire for the second time this weekend in Abu Dhabi.
Massa retired last season - for the first time - only to be recalled by the Williams team after Nico Rosberg vacated his Mercedes seat with his shock announcement to retire literally a few days after winning the world championship. Valtteri Bottas defected from Williams to Mercedes and Massa was back and racing in 2017!
Not since 1969 has the Formula One been without a Brazilian, and in the ensuring period the nation has produced multiple world champions Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna.
The 36-year-old’s achievements might not compare with the greats but he still has a fair bit to be proud of.
Only five men - Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen - have completed in more grand prix than Massa, who has 268 starts with one to come.
Only seven-time world champion Schumacher has started more races for Ferrari (Massa managed 139 from 2006-13). And 11 wins among 41 podium finishes isn't too shabby either.
The last of those victories was in 2008 - at Interlagos of course - when he came within a few hundred metres of winning the world title. In Massa’s devastation, Lewis Hamilton finished fifth to secure the extra point he needed to pip the Brazilian.
In 2009 he almost died during Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying when a spring on Barrichello's Brawn came loose, bounced down the track and smashed into Massa's helmet just above the eye while he travelled at 162mph. His skull was fractured and he was placed in a medically induced coma but, thankfully, recovered and was back racing for the 2010 season.
In a career that began with Sauber in 2002, his 11 wins were compressed into the peak years of 2006-08. Massa won every Turkish Grand Prix in that period.
But, of course, winning at his beloved Interlagos in 2006 and 2008 are the two wins that stand out. As well as his two goodbyes at the circuit.
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Corvette on Schumacher’s Benetton livery
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A Ferrari na qual o alemão Michael Schumacher ganhou seu último título em 2001, foi vendida em leilão em Nova York por US$ 7,5 milhões, mais ou menos 24 milhões de reais. O carro em questão levou o piloto para o quarto de seus sete campeonatos mundiais, uma peça histórica para o automobilismo.
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