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2013-12-17 07:37

FAREWELL, DEAR FERRARI: F1 driver Felipe Massa has ended his career with Ferarri with a V8 engine in his bag. Image: AFP

ALAN BALDWIN

LONDON, England - Felipe Massa has left Ferrari with a V8 engine in his luggage and a promise to be less accommodating to Fernando Alonso in future.

Massa, who is moving to Williams in 2014 after eight years at Ferrari, attended a Christmas lunch at the Italian Formula 1 team's Maranello factory along with his now former team mate, Alonso.

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo presented Massa with an engine from the F2008 car in which he almost won the 2008 World championship, losing out by a single point to Britain's Lewis Hamilton.

Massa referred affectionately to team principal Stefano Domenicali as his "big brother" and said he would never forget the team's support for him after his near-fatal head injury at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari website quoted Massa as saying: "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 will not miss having to play a supporting role to Alonso, however.

Massa said: "Thanks also to you Fernando. We will meet again on track and this time I will try not to let you through."
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