Felipe Massa Out at Ferrari After the 2013 F1 Season; Kimi Raikkonen to Return to Ferrari? September 10th, 2013 at 8:34 PM
By Mark Eddinger
Long time Ferrari Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa announced on Tuesday that he will not be back with the Italian team for the 2014 season.
The 33-year-old Massa has been with Ferrari since the 2006 season.
“From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari
," Massa said on Twitter. "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!”
Massa has won 11 career Formula 1
Grand Prix races all with Ferrari
. All 11 wins came in his first three seasons with the team from 2006 to 2008 with his last win coming in the 2008 season finale at Interlagos. Since then Massa has gone winless in 79 starts for the team.
His best season was 2008 when he won six times and finished runner-up in the championship. This season Massa has recorded only one podium in 12 starts and is seventh in the standings.
The only other team that the Brazilian driver has driven for is Sauber. He was there in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
With Massa moving on all speculation points to Kimi Raikkonen
as the driver who will replace him in 2014. For Raikkonen, the 20-time F1 winner, it would be his second stint at Ferrari
. He raced for the team from 2007 to 2009. He was the World Champion in 2007 when he won six races. The next two seasons with Ferrari
he won only three times and when Fernando Alonso
moved to Ferrari
for 2010 Raikkonen was the odd man out.
Now Raikkonen could join Alonso as a teammate. The 34-year-old currently races for Lotus and is fourth in the 2013 driver standings.
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