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Outgoing driver Felipe Massa would be a valuable asset for any team on the Formula One grid that employs him starting the 2014 season, according to Simone Resta, the deputy chief designer of the Ferrari F1 team.
The 32 year old has recently announced his decision to leave the Italian giants at the end of the current racing season to make way for the return of former partner Kimi Raikkonen to the team but the Brazilian is also determined to remain on the Formula One circuit for the next year. The Brazilian is also known to bring a significant amount of finances to a team and he has already admitted to holding discussion about the driver’s position at several teams, including that of Lotus F1, who are looking to the fill the void left by Raikkonen.
Resta has been a mainstay at Ferrari for a long time, having joined the team from Minardi back in 2001 and being present throughout the eight years that Felipe Massa has been at the team and according to him, his experience in Formula One as well as his pace will be vital for his new team and will stand him in good stead as well.
Resta was asked how valuable a driver Massa would be for his new team and he stated that his experience will prove to be invaluable, going on to add that his experience will be most important as he has been driving at the top level since 2007.
Resta also went on pay tribute to brilliant team work of Felipe Massa, who, apart from winning 11 races for the Scuderia outfit, also helped Raikkonen secure the championship in 2007 and enabled current teammate Fernando Alonso push Sebastian Vettel all the way for the title back in 2010 and in 2012.
Nick Heidfeld is a former Formula 1 driver from Germany and has also participated in the 24 Hour Le Mans twice in his career, first in 1999 and then again in 2012. The German made his debut in Formula 1 in 2000 and spent 11 years in the sport, becoming one of the longest serving drivers in the history of Formula 1. Currently, Heidfeld drives in the FIA World Endurance Championship for the Rebellion Racing team.
However, in spite regularly ending with podium finishes, first with Williams F1 in 2005 and then with BMW Sauber in 2007 and 2008, the German never managed to finish at the top of the podium. He also holds various records in the sport, the first being the driver with most points in the Drivers’ World Championship without actually winning a race; has the most finishes on the podium with 13 without a Grand Prix win and finally, he also has the most finishes in second place without a win with 8.
Nick Heidfeld also holds the record of most consecutive race classifications with a total of 41. His last race in Formula 1 was back in 2011 when he replaced the injured Robert Kubica, his former team mate at BMW Sauber for a race before being replaced by the Brazilian Bruno Senna.
His 11 year career in Formula 1 were spent with different teams, including Prost, with which he made his debut in 2000 before moving on to Sauber the next season where he spent three seasons.
Nick Heidfeld moved on to Jordan in 2004 before joining Williams for a single season in 2005 and he then rejoined the rebranded BMW Sauber team and spent four successful seasons there. He had a short time off from the sport after 2009 before returning with Renault in 2011.