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Jenson Button’s Fear of Retiring from F1 Will Deny Him the Farewell He Deserves

Make no mistake, Felipe Massa knew the moment—the day he would announce his retirement from Formula One—was coming. As long ago as last November, he had hinted the 2016 season could potentially be his last, telling Brazil's UOL Esporte (h/t ESPN F1's Nate Saunders) he would only continue if he had a "competitive" car in a team who made him feel "loved." The competitive element faded away at a very early stage of the year as Massa, the only driver to score points in each of the opening six races, scored just one in the next six. And as that barren run continued—and Williams became increasingly aggressive in their pursuit of McLaren-Honda's Jenson Button and Force India driver Sergio Perez—it was obvious Massa was no l...

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