Felipe Massa has confirmed on Instagram that he will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the season following eight successful seasons with the team.
The Brazilian driver is out of contract at the end of the year, and, with the team widely expected to confirm Kimi Raikkonen’s return in the coming days, it marks the end of Massa’s time at Maranello.
“From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari,” the Brazilian driver said. “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.”
However, Massa is not looking to leave Formula One, turning his attention to joining another front running team.
“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! Thank you all.”
Massa came close to winning the world championship in 2008, when he was edged out at the final round by Lewis Hamilton by a solitary point. However, following a serious accident at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, the fact that he even returned to racing – let alone staying on the pace – was a remarkable feat.
In the past few races though, Massa’s form has failed to match that of stablemate Fernando Alonso. With the team failing to put up a sustained fight in the constructors’ championship since 2008, it appears that the management at Maranello is keen on hiring a stronger teammate to partner Alonso for the foreseeable future.
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