Gallery: 12 key moments in Massa's F1 career

Felipe Massa announced last weekend that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the year.

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Felipe Massa celebrates his victory in Brazil in 2006

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Massa initially stepped down from the sport at the end of 2016, but was lured back by Williams after Valtteri Bottas' move to Mercedes.

The Brazilian received a warm farewell from his home crowd last year, despite crashing out of a wet race at Interlagos. 

Now, a year later he returns to the same venue, but this time with the firm knowledge of retirement.

We chart down 12 key moments from his grand prix career.

Malaysia 2002 – First points

Malaysia 2002 – First points
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Massa didn't take too long to get off the mark. In only his second race, the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix, he scored his first points in form of a sixth place finish for Sauber. A fifth place result followed in Spain, while he bagged more points in Nurburgring (Germany) later in the year.

Photo by: Sauber Petronas

Turkey 2006 - First pole and victory

Turkey 2006 - First pole and victory
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After impressing with Sauber, particularly in 2004 and '05, Massa was recruited by Ferrari as a replacement for Rubens Barrichello. The start to his Scuderia career was slow, but his results steadily improved as the season wore on. In Turkey, he claimed his maiden pole position and went on to win the race - the first of his 11 wins in F1.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Brazil 2006 - First home win

Brazil 2006 - First home win
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Massa ended the 2006 season on a strong note, winning his home grand prix in Sao Paulo. The crowd erupted with cheer as Massa became the first Brazilian to win on home turf since the legendary Ayrton Senna.

Europe, 2007 - Rivalry with Alonso

Europe, 2007 - Rivalry with Alonso
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Massa was indulged in a fierce rivalry with McLaren's Fernando Alonso in 2007, the pair making contact in Spanish and European Grands Prix. At the first occasion, Massa emerged victorious, while Alonso finished ahead when they touched the second time.

Photo by: Sutton Images

France 2008 - Championship leader for the first time

France 2008 - Championship leader for the first time
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Massa won the last ever French Grand Prix in 2008 and took over the championship lead for the first time. He would later lead the standings after 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Singapore 2008 - Lost opportunity

Singapore 2008 - Lost opportunity
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Massa lost a big chunk of points in the controversial 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. Having qualified on pole by a big margin to title rival Lewis Hamilton, he was on course for an easy win. However, when he pitted after Nelson Piquet Jr's retirement, Ferrari botched his stop. He was released with the fuel hose still attached to his car and had to stop at the exit of the pitlane, losing crucial time.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Brazil 2008 - Champion for 30 seconds

Brazil 2008 - Champion for 30 seconds
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After Massa won the 2008 Brazilian GP while Hamilton was still running 30 seconds behind in sixth, it looked like the Ferrari driver had done enough to secure the title. However, on the final corner, Hamilton managed to overtake Timo Glock, who was still on slick tyres. Massa, hence, lost the title by a single point.

Photo by: LAT Images

Hungary 2009 - Crash

Hungary 2009 - Crash
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During qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian GP, a spring from Barrichello's car came loose, piercing through Massa's visor. The injuries forced him to skip the rest of the season.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Germany 2010 - "Fernando is faster than you"

Germany 2010 - "Fernando is faster than you"
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Exactly one year after his accident in Hungary, Massa suffered another setback in his career. While leading the German GP, he was asked to give way to teammate Alonso through the infamous team orders "Fernando is faster than you." Massa obeyed to the request, pulling over soon after to let the Spaniard through.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Austria 2014 - The last pole

Austria 2014 - The last pole
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Massa's career with Ferrari only went downhill after the team order fiasco and he eventually found a new team in Williams in 2014. He unexpectedly took pole position in the Austrian Grand Prix - his last in F1.

Italy 2015 - Last podium

Italy 2015 - Last podium
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Massa claimed his last F1 pole in front of Ferrari fans in Italy, 2015. The Brazilian took full advantage of Nico Rosberg's late retirement, but was pressed hard by teammate Bottas.

Photo by: Williams F1

Brasil 2016 - The first farewell

Brasil 2016 - The first farewell
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Massa would have liked to put on a good show on what he thought would be his last Brazilian GP. But he instead crashed in treacherous conditions on the pit straight. However, that didn't stop his passionate fans from cheering for him as he walked back to the pits. Even rivals team came out of their garages for a round of applause.

Photo by: Williams F1
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