Gene leads Massa farwell celebrations

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Former Buckingham University student, Marc Gene, joined Ferrari at the Mugello Circuit in Italy last weekend for Ferrari celebrations that marked the end of Felipe Massa’s career as a driver for the legendary Italian team, writes James Beckett.

Massa will join the Williams team for the 2014 FIA F1 World Championship season after a long career at Ferrari that dates back to 2006 and has rewarded the partnership with eleven victories.

Gene joined Massa on-track at the Tuscany region circuit for a series of high-speed demonstrations in Ferrari F1 cars that officially ended Massa’s tenure as a member of Scuderia Ferrari.

Gene, the official test and reserve driver for the team, said: “Felipe has been a great part of the Ferrari family and has been very popular. It was great to be able to celebrate his career as a Ferrari driver in this way and I think the crowds really enjoyed seeing the F1 cars on-track.

“It has been a difficult year for the team as Red Bull has been so strong. However, we are very determined as we work towards the 2014 season. F1 has a new engine package and everyone at Ferrari believes that the new V6 turbo powerplant will be very strong and enable Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen to challenge for the world championship title.”

Having acted as Ferrari’s official test and reserve driver since 2004, Gene will continue his role in 2014, adding: “Being part of Scuderia Ferrari is an amazing experience. We are a big family and everyone in the team wants to win. Hopes are very high for next year.”