Massa hoping to leave Ferrari on a high

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Felipe Massa is keen on leaving Ferrari in the best possible fashion after it was confirmed last week that the Brazilian driver would not be racing for the team in 2014.

Massa joined the team in 2003 as a test driver before eventually stepping up to become Michael Schumacher’s teammate in 2006. During his eight seasons with the team, he has won eleven grands prix and came close to winning the world championship in 2008. Having enjoyed such success with the team, he is keen on leaving in the best possible fashion.

“I think the expectation is always to try to do the best in these last seven races,” Massa explained. “I’ve had a fantastic career together with Ferrari, for a long time. It’s a large part of my story.

“The most years of my career are with Ferrari: eight years as an official driver, but also a few years as a young driver. I lived near Ferrari in 2003. I went there every day for the team and for the drivers, so I know everyone who is working there. I have a lot of friends inside the team, so I want to finish in the best way possible in these seven races, and try the best we can to have the best results.”

Massa suffered a huge accident at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, forcing him to miss the remainder of that season. The fact that he was able to return to the wheel of the car for the 2010 season was staggering, yet his on-track performances failed to match those of teammate Fernando Alonso. Although he has helped Alonso’s bid to become world champion with Ferrari, his lack of pace has seen the Italian marque fail to challenge for the constructors’ since 2008.

Kimi Raikkonen will take Massa’s place at the team in 2014.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)