An emotional Felipe Massa has said his final goodbyes to Ferrari ahead of his move to Williams, paying tribute to the squad for the support they gave him after his accident in 2009.
The Brazilian spent nine seasons at Maranello, including one year as a test driver-, but he is moving on next year after the team decided to pair Fernando Alonso with Kimi Raikkonen.
There have been plenty of highs and lows during his time at Ferrari, and the most difficult period in his career was four years ago when he suffered life-threatening injuries during an accident in qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Everyone at Ferrari gave them his full support while he recovered, and he eventually made it back onto the track the following season.
"We started together so many years ago and I want to thank all of you, mechanics, engineers, everyone who works at the track and behind the scenes in Maranello," Massa is quoted as saying on the official Ferrari website.
"Each one of you has always given me so much support, especially in the most difficult moments and I will never forget what Ferrari did for me when I had my accident in 2009. It's in these circumstances that one understands what it means to be really loved and the atmosphere at Ferrari and the unique feeling of being part of the family is something I will miss a lot."
He also paid tribute to team principal Stefano Domenicali: "I look on you as my big brother," he said. "I thank you for everything you have done for me and for the opportunities you and the President [Luca di Montezemolo]] have given me."
He finished: "Thanks also to you Fer [Alonso], we will meet again on track and this time I will try not to let you through."
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