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Peter Sauber confirms Massa for 2004 10 Oct 2003

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Italian Grand Prix, Monza, Italy, 13 September 2003

Felipe Massa will partner Giancarlo Fisichella at Sauber next season, team boss Peter Sauber confirmed on Friday.

Massa, currently a test driver with Ferrari, will return to the Swiss team with which he made his Formula One Grand Prix debut last season.

"We had one year with Felipe Massa, he was fast but a little bit young, not a lot of experience especially on the technical side," Sauber told a press conference ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix.

"Now he has improved very well with Ferrari, he's done a lot of mileage and learned a lot on the technical side and now we will drive again with him."

Sauber admitted that the young Brazilian has yet to actually sign a contract with the team, but insisted the move was definite.

The Fisichella-Massa partnership will replace Sauber's current all-German pairing of Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, neither of whom has a confirmed drive for next season.