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'Massa would be an asset'

Monday 30-September-2013 11:51

Ferrari deputy chief designer Simone Resta believes any team would be lucky to have Felipe Massa on the pay roll.

This season will be Massa's last with Ferrari after the Scuderia opted to replace the Brazilian with 2007 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Massa, though, is determined to see that his departure from Ferrari does not spell the end of his F1 career and is believed to be in a talks with several teams including Lotus.

Asked by Autosport whether he felt Massa 'would be a valuable asset for another team in 2014', Resta said: "I think so.

"He is quite an experienced guy. He has been driving at a high level for us since 2007 so has a lot of experience."

Resta also praised Massa's work during his time with Ferrari which saw the 32-year-old narrowly miss out on the 2008 World title.

"Felipe has been a great team player. You can consider his effort on the simulator side, his support in developing items through the weekend, testing things.

"And when the team asks him, he has always been very good and open in supporting his team-mate on several occasions for several reasons."

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