Domenicali thanks Massa for services

By on Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has praised Felipe Massa for his contribution over the past decade.

Massa joined Ferrari in 2003 as their test driver, before racing for Sauber in 2004 and 2005. Massa returned to Ferrari in 2006, where he has been ever since.

But he announced on Tuesday that he would not be retained for 2014 and Ferrari has since confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will return to the team.

"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. Now we must concentrate all our efforts on the remaining seven races of the season and we know that, as always, we can count on Felipe’s contribution, while we work together to reach our goals. Our determination will not waver one iota right to the very end."

Fernando Alonso also paid tribute to Massa.

"I want to thank Felipe for all the support he has given me and the team during this journey we have made together over all these years," he said.

"Come the end of the season, it will not be easy to say goodbye to a team-mate like him. He has always been truly professional and loyal to the team and I am sure that right to the end, he will do his utmost for the Scuderia that he loves so much."

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