Fernando Alonso and Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali have both paid tribute to Felipe Massa, who announced his departure from the team on Tuesday.
“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,” Alonso told the Ferrari website. “Come the end of the season, it will not be easy to say goodbye to a teammate 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.”
Domenicali was equally positive: “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. 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.”