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Barrichello comforts Massa following Ferrari exit

Sep 14, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

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Former Formula One driver Rubens Barrichello has comforted Felipe Massa following the Brazilian’s exit from Ferrari, confirming that there is a future beyond the Italian team.

Massa confirmed on Monday that he will be leaving the team at the end of the season, set to be replaced by Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen. Having also left the team at the end of 2005, Barrichello is well-positioned to advise his compatriot and friend regarding his next move, and he has assured Massa that there is life after Ferrari.

“I feel sorry for Felipe, but I know there is life after Ferrari,” Barrichello said in an interview with TotalRace. “I am a proof of that because of Brawn and everything that happened. Everything was really good, and there are some things that are even better after Ferrari.”

After leaving Ferrari in 2005, Barrichello moved to Honda which became Brawn in 2009. That year, the Brazilian driver won two races and finished an incredible third in the drivers’ championship in one of the greatest fairytales the sport has known as Brawn romped to both titles. Although Barrichello did acknowledge that Ferrari is the ultimate drive in F1, he also spoke about the benefits of leaving Maranello.

“Driving for Ferrari is the most sensational thing ever, but after Ferrari there is a release, with a little less pressure and careful interviews,” he said. There is a moment of pain, but there is life after it.”

Massa is thought to be in the running for Raikkonen’s seat at Lotus, but he faces stiff opposition in the form of Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg who it transpires was close to being the Brazilian’s replacement.

  1. wiscpaul - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    They are both winners. Neither has any reason to be down.

  2. cuencanolenny - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Well put, I have always liked both drivers. Rubens is most certainly an affable, likable guy. Felipe is a little more reserved but nothing like the aloof Hamilton. I think Felipe has been an excellent driver for Ferrari and wish him the best.

  3. worknman24hours - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Rubens Barrichello has been instrumental in multiple World Championships with Michael Schumacher and Jensen Buttons World Championship.

    Rubens was one of the secret weapons no one ever realized was being used to defeat all the other teams.

    Felipe has fought with the heart of a lion in every race only to be lowered to the footrest of Fernando Alonso by the Ferrari team.

    I don’t think there will ever be a more decrepit day in all of racing then the day that Felipe was to win the race he was almost killed in the year before but was told to give the win to Alonso.

    Felipe and Rubens exemplify the brilliance,fighting spirit and team loyalty that is common from Brazilian drivers.

    As others here have already said,Felipe and Rubens both can hold their heads high that on their watch,no matter the team order,the best was given-ALWAYS.

    After all,that’s what it means to be Brazilian.

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