Sauber Officially Confirm Massa for 2004

The Sauber Formula One team have finally confirmed that Brazilian Felipe Massa will drive for them in the 2004 season.

Sauber Officially Confirm Massa for 2004

The Sauber Formula One team have finally confirmed that Brazilian Felipe Massa will drive for them in the 2004 season.

The 22-year-old, who had been racing for the Swiss team during the 2002 season, signed a two-year contract today, while he visited the Hinwil factory for a seat fitting. Massa will be driving for Sauber alongside Italian Giancarlo Fisichella.

"Back in 2002, Felipe already proved his exceptional speed," said team boss Peter Sauber. "At the end of that season, I had recommended to him that, rather than going on to race for any other team, he should sign on with Ferrari as a test driver in order to become even more familiar with the technical aspects of Formula One.

"Getting first-hand experience of how Ferrari and Michael Schumacher operate is perfect training for a young racing driver. I'm convinced that Felipe is now able to make optimum use of his potential."

Massa spent 2003 testing for the Ferrari team, and he thinks the experience will prove very valuable when he returns to racing.

"My year as a Ferrari test driver has been of great value to me, and I've learnt a lot," said Massa. "Naturally, though, my goal has been to drive races again. I'm overjoyed to return to Sauber. I had a great time with them before, and there's no doubt in my mind that the team has all the prerequisites for being successful."

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