Ferrari thanks 'extraordinary' Massa
11 September 2013 – Ferrari has paid tribute to Felipe Massa for his "extraordinary" services to the team, following the announcement that Kimi Räikkönen is to replace the Brazilian in 2014.
Since joining the Italian marque from Sauber in 2006, Massa has claimed 11 race victories and 15 pole positions, while coming within a few hundred metres of the Drivers' crown in 2008, where he lost out to then McLaren rival Lewis Hamilton.
And taking the time to look back at their eight-season partnership, team boss Stefano Domenicali praised the 32-year-old for serving as "a real team player" throughout.
"I wish to thank Felipe with all my heart and also on behalf of all our fans around the world, for the extraordinary job he has done for the team over so many years," said Domenicali. "Felipe has always behaved like a real team player. Together we have lived through some great times and also a few dramatic moments, which have helped to cement a truly unique relationship on both a professional and personal level.
"He will always be part of our family and we wish him all the very best for the future."
Räikkönen has returned to Ferrari on a two-year agreement, while new team-mate Fernando Alonso is contracted to the outfit until the end of the 2016 campaign.