Massa to race with tweaked livery in final Brazilian GP appearance

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Felipe Massa will race with a tweaked ‘thank you’ livery during his final Brazilian Grand Prix appearance this weekend ahead of his retirement from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

Massa announced in September that he would be calling time on his F1 career after the season finale in Abu Dhabi, drawing the curtain on a 14-year stint in the sport.

The Brazilian will make his final appearance on home soil at Interlagos in Sao Paulo this weekend, and will mark the occasion with a tweaked livery on his Williams car.

Title sponsor Martini has revised its logo to read ‘MASSA’ in the center, as well as writing ‘OBRIGADO’ – ‘thank you’ in Portuguese – on the rear wing.

“I’ve always said that I drive the best-looking car on the grid, but this takes it to a whole other level. I’ve never known a sponsor to do this for a driver before,” Massa said.

“It’s an honor and I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit emotional about it. But it goes to show that because of Martini’s heritage in racing, they are more than just a sponsor. They are a true partner and fan of this beautiful sport.

“I’ve been lucky to have them as part of my team the last three years.”