Ending months of speculation Felipe Massa has used the Italian Grand Prix to announce his retirement from Formula 1. Monza has been a place of mixed blessings for the Brazillian, in 2013 he was released from his beloved Ferrari here, but returned a year later to claim an emotional podium finish, and visited the rostrum against last year after a tense battle to the line with his teammate before uttering the unforgettable words, "I'm too old for this!"
From his written announcement:
"Life presents us with many choices and I think for me it has got to the time where I have to go and do something different.
"Maybe you will see me again at the wheel of a race car, but at the moment the only certainty I have is that I will have a lot of time to decide on what I do in the future."
As we have long suspected, Massa's announcement has triggered a chain reaction of driver speculation with Sergio Perez, Felipe Nasr and a host of other drivers all in contention for his seat at Williams.
At 42 podiums, 11 wins and five corners short of claiming a world championship, he leaves the sport having made a huge contribution, but having struggled to keep pace with his younger, hungrier teammate.
With a team that can't deliver the prize he seeks most, it appears the clock has run its course a career that once carried the hopes of a nation.