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Massa confirms he will not drive for Ferrari in 2014

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Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hungaroring, 2013Felipe Massa will leave Ferrari at the end of the year, he has confirmed on Twitter.

Rumours have linked Kimi Raikkonen to a move to the team next year.

“From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari,” Massa announced on Tuesday evening.

“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. 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! Thank you all.”

Massa joined Ferrari in 2006 and scored his first victory for the team in the Turkish Grand Prix that year. In 2008 he narrowly missed out on winning the world championship in the final round, losing to Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

The following year Massa was seriously injured in a crash at the Hungaroring and was out of action for the rest of the season. He returned in 2010 but since then has struggled to get on terms with new team mate Fernando Alonso.

Since his crash Massa has not added to the 11 wins he scored for the team. He was on course for victory at Hockenheim in 2010 but was ordered to let Alonso past to take the win.

Massa has started more races for Ferrari than any driver bar Michael Schumacher.

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209 comments on “Massa confirms he will not drive for Ferrari in 2014”

  1. Thank you!

    That seat was being well and truly wasted since 2011. That also confirms we’ve got new drivers in the two teams who finished 1st and 2nd in last year’s constructors championship – how often has that actually happened?

    1. i agree 100 percent, ferrari have been carrying around an anchor with the last name of massa for far too long now with kimi and fernando they can actually fight for the championships again

      1. Good riddance

    2. @vettel1 : Any chance we see the biggest Rooster of all times back in Ferrari #MSC7Ferrari

      1. @noob personally, I think not a chance. There are much better drivers available, such as Räikkönen or – who I think really deserves a shot in a big team – Hülkenberg. Schumacher wouldn’t be a backwards step, but nor would it be a very forward one.

        1. come on, kimi go to the red team alonso start to make cry baby face all year(2014)
          the outcome………
          vettle in the red team in 2015/16

          1. @yud77 Vettel has extended his Red Bull contract to include 2015, so I highly doubt he’d leave until 2016. That means Alonso will likely stay until then (two years), or they’ll be a major upset and he’ll vacate with a year still on his contract (I think it runs out at the start of 2016?).

          2. Max Jacobson You can be sure that Alonso does not finish his contract in Ferrari
            They probably will replace seats

          3. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
            10th September 2013, 21:03

            @yud77 We’ll see. My bet is on Alonso beating Kimi comprehensively.

          4. @yud77 unless he leaves altogether he’ll be very, very expensive to pay off ;) Or if Ferrari kick him out, which is possible.

          5. @yud77 @vettel1 Pure speculation! Let’s see next year: ALO-RAI in prancing horses :) – Epic .

          6. @spoutnik I would actually like Ferrari if they fielded that line-up, even though I don’t particularly like either driver or the team as it is now. That pairing sounds as if it’d be absolutely epic, especially because they have very similar skill sets!

          7. that **** would be nuts with ALO/VET it would be game over for the rest of the field vettel would win the a high percentage of races from pole and Alonso would have to just mop up if vettel had a problem but with a constant podium finishs from both of them ferrari would dominate both the championships

          8. +1
            but political maneuver by Alonso could lead to similar situation Kimi faced in 2008 …..

        2. It is Raikkonen. It will be announced Monday. Deal is done.

          1. say whattttttttttttt……………………..

      2. It’s more likely to see Mika Hakkinen come back from sabbathical.

    3. @vettel1 I would’nt call it fully wasted though. Ferrari gained a bit through Massa as a supporting driver for Fernando. I mean I feel Sorry for Massa to a degree. If does not match up Fernando, people say that he is not good and if he matches up to Fernando and betas him in qualifying or the race start, he is asked to let him pass by. Hoe can you expect someone perform will and order him to let another driver pass by.

      For me Massa’s exit is a Loss to Ferrari and More of an Individuality for Felipe. I mean, for all said and done where ever he goes next year he does not have to think of being obligated to some one and kept as a Suicidal Pawn for another driver.

      Hope that once the pressure is off Massa’s Back he will start to perform better.

      All said and done his statistics are not mean. He has a very good record with Ferrari. His stats for Ferrari are little better than Fernando to be honest. Courtesy Autosport.com

      1 Michael Schumacher, 179
      2 Felipe Massa, 132
      3 Rubens Barrichello, 102
      4 Gerhard Berger, 96
      5 Michele Alboreto, 80
      6 Jean Alesi, 79

      1 Michael Schumacher, 72
      2 Niki Lauda, 15
      3 Alberto Ascari, 13
      4 Felipe Massa, 11
      5 Fernando Alonso, 11
      6 Rubens Barrichello/Kimi Raikkonen, 9

      1 Michael Schumacher, 58
      2 Niki Lauda, 23
      3 Felipe Massa, 15
      4 Alberto Ascari, 13
      5 Jacky Ickx, 11
      6 Rubens Barrichello, 11

      1. Yes. Ferrari have wasted Felipe more than Felipe wasted that Ferrari seat.

  2. Finally confirmed. Forza Kimi!

    1. Ferrari would do better to get Hulkenberg in.

      1. I too hope they get Hulkenberg in that seat next year.

        1. I think Hulkenberg is going to be in either way.

          Either ALO – HUL, or, RAI – HUL. I think the rumours about Alonso quitting if he’s partnered by Kimi might have some weight to them. And as Max pointed out further up, it’s not out of the question that Ferrari drop Fernando.

          Either way I’d be happy, I’m neutral on Ferrari affairs, but certainly not on Nico’s future!

  3. It finally happened…

    1. Sadly welcomed… Good luck Felipe!

  4. This feels like him getting one up on the team by breaking the news before Ferrari themsleves. Regardless I hope he finds a team that actually engage Felipe fully instead of using him as a support driver

    1. Agreed, would be nice to go back to Sauber, like a book end to the career. Though it has to be said it would be quite different now and next year too!

      1. A straight switch between Massa and Hulk would be welcomed.

    2. I think its rather Ferrari giving Massa the courtesy to announce it himself instead of first telling the world about his replacement

      1. Absolutely. Allowing him to leave with dignity as opposed to being ‘dumped’.

      2. Absolutely this. Massa is a respected member of the team regardless of his results and there definitely would have been a mutual decision to allow this to happen.

      3. My thoughts too.

  5. It’s a shame but he has had some great times in his career, was so close to being F1 champion!

    Lets hope he has either a decent drive lined up or somewhere else to go, he is undoubtedly very talented, just not the same as what he used to be.

    1. Agreed. Great team player, perhaps too much so. I still think he has what it takes. Maybe a new team can give him that.

      1. @lawfish

        He nearly had “what it takes” in 2008 and since then injury or not he has been far away from “what it takes”.

        History remembers world champions not runners up. Unfortunately for Massa he came close and since then has declined and I have no sympathy that he’s had to play 2nd fiddle to Alsonso who clearly made his intentions knows on & off track when he signed for Ferrari.

        Massa should be thankful that Ferrari didn’t sack him seasons ago as he clearly hasn’t justified his seat since 2008.

        Massa is just another Irvine or Barrichello. All great drivers but didn’t have the skills to reach the top.

        I have nothing against the guy & I’m not a Ferarri fan but I am so glad we will have a team with 2 WC’s and I think we can make an educated guess that Kimi won’t be hoping to be the next Massa

        1. He has produced far more inspired drives than either of those two in 2008 alone.
          History may not remember runners-up but Massa gave his fans all over the world happiness and enjoyment in 07 & 08 – they will remember him in years to come.
          At his best he dominated Raikkonen for quite a period of time. None of Kimi’s other team-mates have come close to doing this.
          He played 2nd fiddle to Alonso, but Alonso is a brilliant driver and not many drivers in the could live with the form he has shown at Ferrari.

        2. Massa should be thankful that Ferrari didn’t sack him seasons ago as he clearly hasn’t justified his seat since 2008.

          I don’t think Massa shouldn’t be thankful at all. It’s just a business relationship, if Ferrari had not considered that he fulfilled his goal, they would have fired him long ago.
          If you were right, then Ferrari should be grateful to him also. No any driver agrees to be humiliated just to Alonso can win a WDC.
          (And yes, I know, I have to improve my english… Sorry about that.)

          1. @andrei I agree with the fact that it is business & big money. But is it humiliation? Most of the time there are first and second drivers in teams. As you said he did the job – for years, more than anyone except MSC.

    2. Today I looked at the images of Massa on that podium, with tears welling up hearing the Brazilian fans cheer him. I want to remember him for that, not sure having a go in another team will do any good.

      Maybe it would be better for him to move on.

      1. My logical reasoning tells me the same, that he will no longer be back at his top form.

        But a part of me has started believing that after he’s been let loose of the Ferrari chains, he may still surprise us. After reading of lots of great comments I get the notion that playing second fiddle to Alonso was the main thing that stifled him and put him on the downward spiral every season.

        I started thinking of Massa-Hülkenberg pairing at Lotus. Sorry Romain ;) I think that’s the only place he should go if ever and the only team that still has the potential to surprise the usual suspects next year.

        I’d really like the guy to win just one more race. And without Multi-21.

      2. Well said @bascb, that was, ‘for sure’ his finest moment.

  6. Can’t wait to see him drive for himself for the rest of the season…

    1. he won’t…

      1. I fear you’re right, but hope you’re wrong.

  7. This is very sad, he was a true Champion before the accident and for me he is the 2008 Champion…

    Anyway i hope Ferrari has the sense to put a good driver there… Welcome back to Ferrari Raikkonen

    1. @ausuma

      “for me he is the 2008 Champion…”

      If sympathy won you world Champions then Massa would have a better record than Vettel!!!

      Thank god you don’t work for the FIA

    2. for me he is the 2008 Champion…

      That’s not a fair judgement. The end winner is always more deserving. Felipe was equally good as Lewis but he failed by a point and you can’t take it away from Lewis

      1. Then Lewis the 2007 champion

        1. Alonso champion 2010 :)

          1. and 2012 )))

  8. OmarR-Pepper (@)
    10th September 2013, 19:56

    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!

    Why not Stayathome Team? That would be great Felipe!!!!!

    1. Do you really have such a low opinion of Felipe Massa that you’d want to see him out of F1 altogether, or are you just making an attempt at humour?

      1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
        10th September 2013, 21:57

        @colossal-squid Well, Barrichello had a good final stint at Brawn, but there he shoul have retired. His seasons at Williams only left his good race in Hungary as a “could have been better”.

        And Massa can get some goof fresh air next year, but, just in case, I think he should take a nice farewell racing for Ferrari in Brazil, and trying to get the most of it, not accepting any other team order once and for all.

        1. @omarr-pepper I love Felipe, so I naturally want to see him continue, and I think he’s young enough (he’s only 32!) that he can have a few more years. Barrichello could have bowed out, but he stuck around and had a great season with Brawn. Maybe something similar can happen to Massa. Either way, I’d like to see him continue, even if it’s in a lower seat. Agreed on Brazil. If he has one more great old-school Massa performance left in him, let it be there!

        2. OmarR-Pepper (@)
          10th September 2013, 22:12

          good fresh air

    2. OmarR-Pepper,well i look forward to your reaction should he become world champion in future say if he signs with lotus,remember button’s 2009 campaign out of the blues

      1. OmarR-Pepper (@)
        10th September 2013, 22:05

        @kenke I would be gladly surprised. It’s just the skeptical in me thinks his time to ge tsome rest at home has come. Maybe a sabbatical? (but a sabbatical for him would be 99% sure a full retirement)

  9. I like Felipe as a person but I think he should have left Ferrari after 2010.
    Lets see if he will find a seat for next year.
    And i’m very curious to see his driving from now on.

  10. Swap with Hulkenberg anyone?

    1. That sounds like the best idea to me!

  11. I think nobody is happy with his performance in Ferrari for couple of years. But wouldn’t it be great to see him drive in another team and be successful? I’d like to see that happen! Rubens did get his chance after Ferrari with Brawn GP.

  12. I knew this is coming…still sad, but it is inevitable.

    1. Same, like you said it was inevitable but didn’t realize I’ll feel sad about it.

    2. Sad? I feel like dancing!

  13. Ouch, well it is of course a good decision, but still lets some bitter taste seeing Massa leaving after such a long career with them, with its ups and downs.

  14. thank you! maybe now I will believe in a higher power!


    Bye Massa, thank you about time!


    1. Such an insensitive comment, IMO.

      Besides, it’s no guarantee that Kimi will get the seat.

      1. Who cares? He should left long time ago instead of taking up a seat in Ferrari. They should have let him go so a proper driver could support Alonso by taking points of his rivals. Thne Alonso might have won in 2010 & 2012.

  15. What in the world happend to “If I’m not driving for Ferrari, I’m no longer in F1”?

    Perhaps Ferrari have bought him a spot at Sauber but I higly doubt that, Bianchi is the man they want to do that for.

    1. He changed his mind? He’s allowed :-P

    2. @force-maikel – I would imagine the he’ll retire at the end of season. There could be a seat at Lotus if they want to get rid of Grosjean, but that’s the only scenario in which I can envisage Massa ending up in F1 next year. Like Webber, his time has come. He’s had a great and long lived run right at the front of field fighting for wins, poles and podiums in arguably the most prestigious seat in motorsport, so I highly doubt a few seasons in a horribly oversteering Caterham just to delay the inevitable retirement from F1 would appear to him all that greatly. Also, although Massa is genuinely one of the nicest guys in the paddock, his exit would free up another seat to be filled by the great young talents of Magnussen, Vandoorne, Bird, Frijns and inevitably Antonio Felix Da Costa.

      Regarding Bianchi, he almost certainly won’t end up at Sauber. Sauber can’t afford not to have a Sirotkin-Gutierrez, or as Brundle says a “blind leading the blind” driver line-up, unless Ferrari subsidize his place at Sauber with a hefty cheque, a cheque they’ll probably have to spend on Kimi with his love of ice cream and vodka. Bianchi has a better shot at a Force India seat. Despite some sporadic good performances, from what I hear Sutil is as good as gone, and it seems to be a choice between Bianchi and Calado for that.

  16. FINALLY, a proper decision by Ferrari after years of “Never Saying No To Fernando” :D

  17. Massa has achieved a lot in his career and he will always be remembered for his flawless drive during the most important race of his life at Interlagos 2008.

    That said, he’s been far, far off his best for a good while now. Has not deserved to be in a top seat like he has based on his performances over the past three seasons.

    1. I disagree… In My opinion, massa did a good 2008 season… all the other ones were mediocre, or poor… Even today I don’t know why he went to Ferrari in the first place… I think he isn’t any better than Barrichelo was… but this is just me… What are your thoughts?

  18. I hope he has a seat ready for 2014, otherwise making this announcement was just a bad idea. If he cant get a seat, he should have just announced retirement from F1.

    1. Better than Rubens did, doggedly hanging on, assuming his drive was safe.

      1. Barrichello chose to leave Ferrari of his own accord.

  19. All the best for Massa in the future! If you ask me, he should now change series. He has still many great racing years ahead of him, and it’s better to use them trying to fight for wins in other series than driving in midfield in F1.

  20. Massa to Force India, Sutil out

    1. I think you meant Di Resta ;)

  21. It’s been fun and at the same time excruciating to watch Massa at Ferrari post his accident. I still believe that when in complete control of himself, he is one of the finest drivers on the grid. I do hope to still see him race, possibly with a midfield team. Force India or Williams could do well with his experience even though he brings no sponsors to the table. Here’s to a different and more relaxed Massa in 2014, hopefully with a team which will appreciate his skill.

  22. Combined with the rumours Kimi will be announced on Wednesday, that rumour is starting to look increasingly more likely…

    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!

    I really hope he will find a seat for 2014, though I’m not sure how realistic a competitive car for next year will be. I suspect that Alonso is a driver that makes any good teammate look like second class, so Massa probably isn’t as ‘bad’ as we think he is. Still, by staying with Ferrari he has gained a label, so it will be very difficult to find a seat for 2014 anyway, especially considering lots of teams are looking for pay drivers.

    Nonetheless, bring in some fresh rooster!

    1. Yeah I think Lotus is his only chance for a top-drive, and I’m shocked if Hulkenberg doesn’t get that seat. So it’s not looking likely he’ll get a chance in a top-team in F1 anymore.

  23. Somehow this leaves a little bit of a void in my mind. A very likeable character. Never the same person after the accident.

    It is clear that he is not able to match the performance of the front runners lap after lap. Still comes with a great deal of experience which might be useful to the small budget teams.

    Can’t forget his start at the Hungarian grand prix 2008.

    Good luck Felipe. You will always be the Felipe baby.

  24. Bild already confirmed Raikkonen for Ferrari

  25. So let me get this straight… Ferrari has just re-hired a driver that they paid about £10m to NOT drive for them in 2010?

    1. haha! oh Ferrari, such a character in F1.

      On Massa, he sacrificed his quali a bit to help Alonso in the last race, then let Alonso, past in the race. Its true he has not been on the same level as Alonso but when he is, he is not allowed to be. If Alonso had a team mate taking points of him like at mclaren, he would not have been able to get his ‘not the best car’ in a position to fight for the championship every year.

      Massa has been asked to do a number 2 drivers job at ferrari in a sport where no one wants to be number 2. He has done it to Ferrari’s benafit, let Alonso past, taken penalties etc and I think he deserves more respect then he gets.

      The English media are unfair to Massa, Jake was pretty rude here for example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ-uG80MM-k

    2. No, all that’s confirmed is that one of their current drivers has announced they are leaving…

  26. Does this mean we will see the most unlikely pairing in F1 history?

    Kimi & Rob Smedly??????

    1. Ha ha. I love that idea!

      Rob: “C’mon boy, go get it!”
      Kimi: “Shut up, I’m trying to drive here. I know what I’m doing!”

  27. Now all we have to wait for news on is where Massa is going if he’s staying in F1…..paws off the spare Lotus seat, that’s Hulkenberg’s!!

  28. Yeah. I’m conflicted right now. It’s sad, because I’ve liked Massa since his crash happy Sauber days, through his brilliant first three years at Ferrari – who could forget his two wins on home soil – and the drama of 2008. People have forgotten that at the end of the 2008 season Massa was very highly regarded as a driver, talked of in the same breath as Hamilton and Raikkonen.

    Then that crash happened and he never really has captured his ’08 form. So I’m sad that his career hasn’t panned out the way many expected, but I’m relieved that he is out of Ferrari from a pure performance standpoint, as he has been too frequently woeful in his performance since 2010. Now I’m excited for the future of Ferrari! Alonso and Raikkonen, two of the greats of this generation of drivers, together? It’ll either be the making or ruination of the Domenicali era at Ferrari.

    As a Ferrari fan, after all that he’s done for the team, and despite his performance issues over the past four seasons, I say thank you Felipe.

    1. I think this sentiment is something all f1 fans can share. He is a great guy

      1. Nice guys finish last.

        1. and vettel’s finish first

    2. What an absolutely fantastic comment.

  29. I worry he’ll go the way of Heikki – spend a year or two at the back of the grid before disappearing relatively anonymously. It would be a shame to see his career end like this so lets hope he gets a seat that is at least regularly capable of points.

    1. @mouse_nightshirt He already made it very clear that he’d not drive for the new teams. He might consider Force India or Sauber, but no way he’s going to Caterham or Marussia.

  30. Wow, it feels like the end of an era. It’s true that Felipe hasn’t won a lot, but he’s been in a Ferrari for quite a long time.
    Leaving Ferrari was the best thing to do for both Massa and Ferrari. I don’t know if Massa is going to have a seat next year, if he doesn’t, he should try some new series. I honestly believe he can be very competitive, even if his last few years were a disaster.

  31. The celebrations in the comments page sadden me. :-(

    He was always one of my favorites, and Felipe will be missed. Never forget Brazil 2008. ;-(

    1. I have very mixed feelings about this: On the other hand, you could say that it was about a time for Ferrari to get rid of him, because he has under-performed so badly the last 4 years. But still, he was one my favorite-drivers too (and I’m not a Ferrari-fan) so I’m a bit sad to see him going. But to be honest, I think it would be good for him to go somewhere else, because he’s clearly not going to reach anything in F1 anymore.

    2. @kingshark I’m personally celebrating that Ferrari are hopefully going to move on from their clear one rooster policy. Although that said, Massa really wasn’t worthy of that seat since 2011 and it’s naive to think anything else. Brazil 2008 was a long time ago…

  32. He’ll be remembered prominently in F1 for featuring in one of the most dramatic seasons in its history. But this has been long overdue, and I don’t see what options he has. Ferrari would sur