Massa confirms end of his 8-year drive for Ferrari

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Ferrari driver Felipe Massa announced he would be leaving the team at the end of the season. AUTOSPORT has the call:

“I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together.

“Thank you also to my wife and all of my family, to my fans and all my sponsors. From each one of you I have always received a great support!

“Right now I want to push as hard as possible with Ferrari for the remaining seven races.

“For next year, I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the championship, which remains my greatest objective.”

Felipe nearly won the World Championship in 2008 on his home turf by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix until he realized that McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton made a last-moment pass on Toyota’s Timo Glock to secure enough points to snatch the title away. Massa outscored his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, in 2008 but the Fin is believed to be replacing Felipe in 2014.

Felipe Massa by the numbers”

Races 186 (184 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 11
Podiums 36
Career points 783
Pole positions 15
Fastest laps 14

It is unclear on where Massa will go now but he has struggled to regain his form since 2009’s nearly fatal accident when he was clouted in the helmet by an errant spring in the Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa had previously stated that he didn’t want to remain in Formula 1 in a small team.

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