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‘Massa will always be part of Ferrari’s history’ – Montezemolo

Nov 12, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo led the thanks to outgoing driver Felipe Massa at the team’s annual Finali Mondiali (World Final) celebrations in Italy.

Massa was greeted by cheering fans at the track as he prepares to start his final two races as a Ferrari driver before joining Williams next year.

“Felipe has been a true Ferrari man and he will always be part of our history, for all the grands prix he drove for us, for the wins, the pole positions and for those few seconds when he was world champion that day in Brazil, before that overtaking move that always seemed a bit strange to me,” said di Montezemolo. Massa narrowly missed out on winning the 2008 world championship when Lewis Hamilton overtook Timo Glock on the final lap as the Toyota driver struggled for grip on a wet track on dry weather tires.

“I wish Felipe every success, starting with the last two races of this championship,” Montezemolo continued.

“As for the rest of his Formula One career, I wish him the very best, but naturally, behind a Ferrari and anyway, I am sure we will get many chances to meet up again, because life is long and he will always be part of our family.”

  1. thenicklemansbrothera - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    those few seconds when he was world champion that day in Brazil, before that overtaking move that always seemed a bit strange to me,”

    I believe that is why Ferarri got rid of Kimi. He was in position to help his teammate and hold off Hamilton but did not. For all his popularity he is not a team player and Ferarri requires that in a driver. For those that think he is try asking Grosjean. As he said he doesn’t know Kimi and though he learned from Kimi it was not that Kimi did anything to help him . It was his observations that helped.
    For those that keep whinning about his pay. Remember it was the same last year and Kimi got ALL his due at the close of the season. That is just the way Lotus and before that Renault did it.

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