Felipe Massa has tweeted that he is leaving at Ferrari at the end of the 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 said.
It brings to an end an eight year relationship, which came incredibly close to giving the Brazilian the World title in Brazil in 2008. A year after that he suffered serious head injuries in Hungary and has never won a race since.
Massa says that he hopes to remain in Formula 1 next year and is looking for the most competitive car available. There will no doubt be much speculation as to where that will be, but Sauber is one possibility.
Although Ferrari has not confirmed the news Kimi Raikkonen will be at Ferrari next year. The Finn, who won the world title with Ferrari in 2007 but was then dropped to make way for Fernando Alonso at the end of 2009, is believed to have agreed to a one-year deal with an option for 2015.
Whether this is a good decision remains to be seen. The risk is that signing Raikkonen will result in Alonso leaving at some point. The loss of Raikkonen is a serious blow for Lotus but the word is that Nico Hulkenberg will step in.