FELIPE Massa will leave the Grove-based Williams team at the end of the season.

The Brazilian is to retire from Formula 1 after 15 years in the sport.

Massa announced 12 months ago he would be quitting, but was persuaded to return to Williams, who he joined in 2014, after Valtteri Bottas moved to Mercedes.

The 36-year-old, a winner of 11 grand prix, will now call time on his career in the final race of 2017 in Abu Dhabi later this month.

He said: “I have now enjoyed four great years with the team, but my career in Formula 1 will finally come to an end this season.

“Once more, I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this time.

“I take so many great memories with me as I prepare for my final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and although they will be emotional, I am looking forward to ending on a high note and preparing for a new chapter in my career.”

Claire Williams, deputy team principal of Williams said: “I would like to thank Felipe for all he has done for the team over the last four years.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him.”