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Massa leaving Ferrari at season's end

Felipe Massa revealed on Tuesday that he will leave Ferrari at the end of the 2013 Formula One season.

Massa, who is in his eighth season with Ferrari, posted the announcement on his official Twitter page and Instagram.

"From 2014 I will no longer be driving for Ferrari," the 32-year-old Brazilian wrote. "I would like to thank the team for all the victories and incredible moments experienced together. Thank you also to my wife and all of my family, to my fans and all my sponsors. From each one of you I have always received a great support!

"Right now I want to push as hard as possible with Ferrari for the remaining 7 races. For next year, I want to find a team that can give me a competitive car to win many more races and challenge for the championship which remains my greatest objective!"

Prior to joining Ferrari in 2006, Massa drove for Sauber in his first three F1 seasons. He has scored 11 victories and made 36 podium appearances in 184 career grand prix starts.

Massa finished only one point behind Lewis Hamilton for the F1 title in 2008. Hamilton drove for McLaren at the time. Massa's 2009 season was curtailed when he sustained multiple head injuries during a high-speed qualifying crash in the Hungarian Grand Prix. He scored six victories during the '08 season but has not won a grand prix since then.

There is much speculation now that Kimi Raikkonen will rejoin Ferrari for the 2014 season after driving for the Italian team from 2007-09. Raikkonen won the F1 world championship in '07. After leaving the team at the end of the '09 season, he competed in the World Rally Championship for two years before his return to F1 in 2012 to drive for Lotus. Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg is also being considered as Massa's replacement for next year.

Last Sunday, Massa finished fourth in the Italian Grand Prix, which is the home race for Ferrari.