Felipe Massa has confirmed he is to leave Ferrari at the end of this season.
The Brazilian has driven for the team since 2006, partnering both Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso over his eight-year spell with the team.
He confirmed the news on his Instagram account, saying “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 7 races.”
The Brazilian’s departure from the team was widely expected following his serious downturn in form since his horrific crash mid-way through 2009. However, he has been repeatedly re-signed by the Scuderia, due to his willingness to play the team-player for team-mate Alonso, starting in 2010 when he was forced to move-over for title hopeful Fernando at the German Grand Prix.
Now it seems that Ferrari have called time on a one-driver team and are focusing on the Championship, with the probability being Kimi Raikkonen making a return to his former team – the same one he was paid to leave when Fernando Alonso arrived on the scene.
As for Massa, he said “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!”.
If he wishes to remain in Formula One, the main options for the 32-year-old are to go to either Lotus or Sauber.