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Why the Retirements of Jenson Button and Felipe Massa Are Actually Good for F1

Jenson Button and Felipe Massa, two of the most likeable and popular drivers in Formula One, announced their upcoming retirements over the Italian Grand Prix weekend (although Button claims his is not an actual retirement—we'll see). For fans of the sport, it will be like saying goodbye to old friends. Button is the third-most experienced driver in F1 history, with 298 grand prix starts on his resume, and Massa has amassed 243 to rank ninth on the list. However, this is the perfect time for both men to go, and their retirements should be seen in a positive light, as they open up two race seats in competitive cars for younger drivers. Button is 36 and Massa is 35; both are still competitive, but they are no longer at the peak of their ...

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