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Alonso, Domenicali pay tribute to departing Massa 11 Sep 2013

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 12 May 2013 (L to R): Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Ferrari General Director celebrates with Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari who finished third.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 12 May 2013 Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari and Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, 12 May 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138 leads Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 7 September 2013

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali have paid tribute to Felipe Massa, who will depart the Italian team at the end of the year to be replaced by Kimi Raikkonen.

The 32-year-old Brazilian has raced for Ferrari for eight seasons, notching up 11 wins and helping the Scuderia to constructors’ titles in 2007 and 2008.

“I wish to thank Felipe with all my heart and also on behalf of all our fans around the world, for the extraordinary job he has done for the team over so many years,” said Domenicali.

“Felipe has always behaved like a real team player. Together we have lived through some great times and also a few dramatic moments, which have helped to cement a truly unique relationship on both a professional and personal level.

“He will always be part of our family and we wish him all the very best for the future. Now we must concentrate all our efforts on the remaining seven races of the season and we know that, as always, we can count on Felipe’s contribution, while we work together to reach our goals. Our determination will not waver one iota right to the very end.”

Alonso was similarly effusive of his team mate, posting several photos of him and Massa on his Twitter page, along with the message: “All the luck for the next few years. You will be a strong opponent in any team! And we still have seven Grands Prix to have some fun!”

The Spaniard later followed up his tweet with a longer message: “I want to thank Felipe for all the support he has given me and the team during this journey we have made together over all these years.

“Come the end of the season, it will not be easy to say goodbye to a team mate like him. He has always been truly professional and loyal to the team and I am sure that right to the end, he will do his utmost for the Scuderia that he loves so much.”

Massa has expressed his desire to continue competing in Formula One racing with another team in 2014 and beyond.

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