Massa assured of 'life after Ferrari'
14 September 2013 – Rubens Barrichello has comforted Felipe Massa in the wake of Ferrari's decision to replace him with Kimi Räikkönen for the 2014 campaign, insisting that his fellow Brazilian can enjoy success after departing the Maranello-based outfit.
Having joined Honda in 2006 on the back of five seasons racing alongside Michael Schumacher at Ferrari, Barrichello went on to add two more Grand Prix victories to his career tally, while playing a significant role in the battle for the 2009 Drivers' world title.
And although he admits Ferrari's choice comes as a disappointment, Barrichello feels Massa can achieve more in the sport under a "less pressured" environment.
"I feel sorry for Felipe, but I know there is life after Ferrari," Barrichello explained to Brazil's Total Race. "I am a proof of that because of Brawn and everything that happened. Everything was really good, and there are some things that are even better after Ferrari.
"Driving for Ferrari is the most sensational thing ever, but after Ferrari there is a release, with a little less pressure and careful interviews. There is a moment of pain, but there is life after it."
Barrichello added that although his willing Ferrari exit cannot be compared with Massa's, he is confident his compatriot can find a strong seat on the 2014 grid.
"We cannot compare my situation with Felipe's, because I decided to leave Ferrari with a Honda contract," said Barrichello. "But Felipe is a good driver and I think he can get a drive. I've heard that his best chance, the one he should fight for, is at Lotus.
"Really, he has to go to where his heart tells him and there is an open door."
If Massa fails in his quest to secure a seat and no other Brazilian joins the field, it will be the first time since 1969 that the country is not represented in the top echelon.