Draco Racing releases Massa to pursue other interests

An official announcement by Adriano Morini, owner of Draco F3000 Pontremoli - Italy, Thursday, 21 August 2003 - Adriano Morini, owner of the Italian Draco F3000 team, wishes to announce that Felipe Massa's management contract was sold off...

An official announcement by Adriano Morini, owner of Draco F3000

Pontremoli - Italy, Thursday, 21 August 2003 - Adriano Morini, owner of the Italian Draco F3000 team, wishes to announce that Felipe Massa's management contract was sold off last week to leave him free to pursue other opportunities.

"Together with my Brazilian partner Riccardo Tedeschi, I have held Felipe Massa's management contract since 2000," said Morini. "We have now decided to end the business cooperation with Felipe, and I made arrangements last week to dispose of the contract.

"I am very proud of Felipe Massa," Morini continued. "As a member of Draco Racing he did an excellent job of winning the European F3000 championship in 2001, when he was still only 20 years old.

"As a result of that success I was able to introduce Felipe to RED BULL SAUBER PETRONAS, where he was given the opportunity to test an F1 car at Mugello. As we now know, the test - during which Felipe covered more than 1500kms at impressive speeds - not only demonstrated his potential but also convinced the team that he possessed the talent to take a full-time racing position as Peter Sauber's choice of F1 driver for 2002.

"Massa continued to gather driving and circuit experience with Sauber. Following the Swiss team's decision at the end of last year to make a place available for the German veteran Heinz-Harald Frentzen, the Brazilian was named as Ferrari's choice as second test driver for 2003.

"At this point in his career, when things look increasingly promising for him and it seems that he will be coming back to drive F1 again, I would like to wish all the best to Felipe for the future," Morini concluded.

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