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Massa tweets Ferrari exit

11 September 2013, 15:26

Italy - Felipe Massa announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he would no longer be driving for Ferrari after the end of the 2013 season.

Ferrari's last World champion, Kimi Raikkonen, is believed to have been lined up to replace the Brazilian.

Massa said on his @Felipe1Massa account: "From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari. 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."


Talk in the paddock has been raging for several weeks about who will be Ferrari's second driver in 2014 alongside Fernando Alonso.

Raikkonen spent three years with Ferrari from 2007-2009, winning the World title in his first season. He left F1 in 2009, moving to the World Rally Championship and was replaced at the Italian team by Alonso. After a stint in Nascar he returned to F1 with Lotus in 2012.


Massa says he wants to remain in F1 but has yet to find a drive for 2014. "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," he said.

Massa has spent eight years with Ferrari since joining from Sauber in 2006.

In 2008 he came within a couple of bends of winning the World title, Lewis Hamilton snatching it by overtaking Timo Glock two corners from the end of the Brazilian GP. It was Massa's best season in a Ferrari and the only time he challenged for the title, although he finished third in 2006 and fourth in 2007.

His 2009 season ended in July's Hungarian GP when he suffered a horror injury in a crash in qualifying after being hit on the head by a suspension spring that had fallen from compatriot Rubens Barrichello's Brawn.

Massa suffered a head injury that was initially thought to be life-threatening but he recovered and was driving for Ferrari again in 2010.

He has won 11 races in his Ferrari career, the most recent  in 2008.


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