Montezemolo: Felipe has been a true Ferrari man and will always be part of our history
11 November, 2013
Although he still has two races to run as a Ferrari F1 driver, Felipe Massa was given an emotional farewell party during the marque’s Finali Mondiali at Mugello where the company’s president Luca di Montezemolo waxed lyrical about the Brazilian’s contribution to the Scuderia.
Di Montezemolo said of the driver who was nurtured by the Maranello outfit since his teens, “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.”
“We spent some great times together, while some others were more difficult, such as the accident in Budapest. These have been very busy years and today, I wanted to thank him publicly, having already done so privately, just the two of us.”
“I think the decision to go our separate ways is the right one, both for us and for him. It’s time for a change and also to find new motivation. I wish Felipe every success, starting with the last two races of this Championship.”
“As for the rest of his Formula 1 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.”
“When one has a mutually agreed separation, in the best interests of both parties, it can be done calmly in a friendly and constructive manner, and that has been the case this time,” concluded Montezemolo.
Managing Director of the Fiat-Chrysler Group, Sergio Marchionne was also on hand to pay tribute to Felipe Massa, as was Piero Ferrari and Marc Gene.
Massa made his Formula 1 debut as a Sauber driver in 2002 with Ferrari backing, before joining the reds – as teammate to Michael Schumacher – in 2006. He won his first grand prix in Turkey that year, and since then added a further ten winners’ trophies to his collection of silverware. (GP247)
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