Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has spoken fondly of Felipe Massa ahead of the Brazilian driver’s final race for the Italian marque at this weekend’s race in Sao Paulo.
Massa joined the team as a full-time driver in 2006 and has since raced in 139 grands prix, claiming eleven wins. He finished second in the 2008 world championship, coming within a point of the title, and despite failing to reach such heights in the past few years, Domenicali was full of praise for Massa.
“I think that what Felipe did with Ferrari has an incredible history,” he explained. “We had incredible moments together. Difficult too, of course, but he is an incredible guy who deserved what he had and even if it seems a little bit too personal, I consider him a world champion 2008 because he deserved that title here in Sao Paulo.
“So, I think what I can say is that he has always shown his dedication to the team, to the Ferrari family and we wish to him all the best success for his future because he’s young, but for sure he will bring Ferrari in his heart forever.”
Massa has been through many ups and downs with Ferrari including his accident in 2009 and the team orders row at the 2010 German Grand Prix. However, he will join Williams in 2014 as he looks to prove himself as a capable number one driver alongside Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas.