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.”
MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.
That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.
“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.
“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”
With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.
After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.
“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”
Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.
Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.
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