FELIPE Massa was pleased to end his Formula 1 career with a tenth-placed finish at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Brazilian, who drives for the Grove-based Williams team, is retiring from the sport after a 15-year career.

Massa ran as high as seventh at the Yas Marina Circuit, but was forced to settle for a solitary point.

He said: “It’s a great feeling. I can say I am really proud of everything I’ve achieved.”

Teammate Lance Stroll came 18th as Williams finished fifth in the constructors’ championship.

The Enstone-based Renault outfit claimed sixth, making up five points on Toro Rosso.

Despite a five-second penalty for gaining a position after leaving the track on the first lap, Nico Hulkenberg finished sixth.

He said: “It was a bit of a thriller. It’s great to finish on a positive result.”

Teammate Carlos Sainz retired following a loose wheel after his pit stop.

Banbury-based Haas finished eighth, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen 11th and 13th respectively in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas won the race.