Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has paid tribute to Felipe Massa for the 'extraordinary job' he has done for the team following confirmation that he will be replaced for 2014.
After Massa announced on Tuesday evening that he wouldn't race for the team next year, Ferrari duly confirmed the re-signing of Kimi Raikkonen on a two-year deal
as the Brazilian's replacement.
Speaking following the announcement, Domenicali was quick to praise Massa for his work over an eight-year spell in a Ferrari race seat and said the team was hopeful that its relationship with the 32-year-old would end on a high.
“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,” he said. “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.”