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Felipe Massa confirms Ferrari exit

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Felipe Massa revealed last night that he will leave Ferrari at the end of the season after a seven-year spell with the Italian team, which he joined in 2006, replacing fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello.

On his personal Instagram page, Ferrari's second longest-serving driver in history after Michael Schumacher confirmed that his career at Maranello will come to an end this year.

"From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari. I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together," he wrote.

"Thank you also to my wife and all of my family, to my fans and all my sponsors. From each one of you I have always received a great support!"

"Right now I want to push as hard as possible with Ferrari for the remaining seven races," continued Massa.

"For next year, I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the Championship which remains my greatest objective! Thank you all. Felipe."

Massa made his debut in F1 with Sauber in 2002, before becoming Ferrari's test driver for a season. He returned to the Swiss team for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, before replacing Barrichello at Ferrari during Schumacher's last season with the Italian team.

As the German was replaced by Kimi Raikkonen, Massa became increasingly competitive and was denied what would have been his first world title in dramatic circumstances as Lewis Hamilton was crowned world champion in Brazil in 2008.

After suffering a serious head injury during the qualifying session of the 2009 Hungarian GP, Massa was forced to miss the rest of the season, before returning in 2010 alongside new signing Fernando Alonso.

While the Spaniard has claimed 11 victories since joining Ferrari, Massa has failed to win a single race and has almost constantly been out-qualified by Alonso as he seemed to have lost his competitive edge.

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