Felipe Massa says final goodbye to Brazil fans at Interlagos

Credit Charles Coates  McLaren

Credit Charles Coates McLaren

"Last year, I had so much love and emotion from the people, but I didn't finish the race like I wanted".

Massa waved a Brazilian flag aloft from his vehicle on the slow-down lap, as well as receiving a message from his son, Felipinho, over team radio.

"I agreed to return this season to help Williams when the call came", Massa said on announcing his retirement. "Thank you for everything we've done together".

Wherever you go I will support you. "By the way, I loved your start!" I'm so happy for my race, did the best the auto could achieve.

"It's so hard to explain my feelings today", he added. Zero mistakes. I tried to put pressure on him. Fantastic start, then managed to overtake a few cars after the Safety Car.

The two former Ferrari teammates sparred from there, Massa holding off Alonso for the bulk of the rest of the race despite Alonso's Honda-powered McLaren appearing to have better balance and pace in the infield section. I managed to keep him behind so I was so emotional when I finished the race. I drove a flawless race from beginning to end, managed the tyres, managed everything around the auto, the pace I had.

"He sent a very emotional message to his team as he left the pit lane for his final Brazilian Grand Prix", Sky Sports reporter Martin Brundle revealed just minutes before the race. The pace I had today it was like a victory.

"It's so wonderful to finish the race and feel the emotions of the people after such an unbelievable race", he said.

"We race in Mexico, we've raced in India, and I don't know if it's any more risky than there", he said.

"I knew a year ago I had so much love and emotion from the people but I didn't finish the race like I wanted". That's why I did another year. "It is a race I will never forget". I will try to defend from whatever guy is attacking me and hopefully we score points tomorrow.

"That's quite a good direction that we took and in Australia next year we will be a completely different team and we are looking forward".

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