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Domenicali and Alonso pay tribute to Massa

ESPN Staff
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Fernando Alonso on Felipe Massa: "You will be a strong opponent in any team!" © Sutton Images
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Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and Fernando Alonso have paid tribute to Felipe Massa after it was confirmed he would leave the team at the end of the season.

Massa announced via his Instagram account that he would be leaving Ferrari, with the team then confirming on Wednesday that Kimi Raikkonen would be re-joining as his replacement. Following both announcements, Domenicali took the time to thank Massa for his service and said he hopes for strong results right up until the end of the season.

"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," Domenicali said. "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."

Fernando Alonso also took to Twitter to thank his Ferrari team-mate of the last four years.

"All the luck for next years!" Alonso wrote. "You will be a strong opponent in any team! And we still have 7 GP to have some fun!"