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24th of November 2017

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Video: Felipe Massa holds back Fernando Alonso and tears in final F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Felipe Massa raced in his final F1 Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, managing to keep a lid on his emotions until son Felipinho came over the radio with a message that brought tears.

Where does one start with Massa? After the curtain falls on his career in Abu Dhabi, the 36-year-old will have started 269 Grands Prix yielding 11 victories and 41 podiums for three constructors across 15 seasons of Formula 1 racing.

Having failed to reach the end of the 2016 Brazilian race, which would have been his final race if not for the surprise retirement of champion Nico Rosberg and the driver shuffle that ensued, Massa was keen to put things right in 2017, saying all weekend that he just wanted to see the checkered flag.

Starting from 10th, Massa quickly climbed up to seventh place before getting stuck into a race-long duel with former Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso over the position. 

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Felipe Massa said his seventh-place finish in Brazil on Sunday felt like a win before his home crowd. Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

“I think it’s so difficult to start to tell the feelings that I had today in the race,” said Massa, who finished seventh. “The race today was, for me, like a victory. I think everything was just perfect. The start, overtaking a few cars then I knew that the restart could be the only chance to overtake Alonso. I knew he had worse pace than me so I managed to pass him on the restart and then after that it was so difficult because I knew that keeping him behind for 71 laps would be very difficult but I managed to do it.

“I think, today was definitely like a victory, especially for me, and I’m so proud. That emotion for everything that I’ve passed through after such a long time so thank you very much. Fighting with a guy that I was fighting a lot in my career, it was such a big pleasure to arrive in front and to be fighting and finish the race with my head up. You know, I think that’s the most important thing."

After crossing the line, seven-year-old Felipinho came on the team radio.

“Daddy, I’m so proud of you and wherever you go I will support you,” said Felipinho. “I love you. By the way, I loved your start.”

Fighting back his own tears, Massa replied, “Thank you. I love you all. Thank you so much. I love all of you guys.”

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Massa began his Formula One journey in 2002 racing for Sauber -- a team he would re-join for the 2004 and 2005 seasons after spending 2003 as the reserve driver for Ferrari.

In 2006, Massa was promoted into a full-time race seat with Ferrari and it was here where he would spend his most successful F1 years. Across eight years he would partner Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso – drivers with ten world titles between them but Massa would more than hold his own.

Coming agonizingly close to winning a title of his own in 2008, Massa then endured the most testing period of his career after suffering a brush with death during the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix -- a loose spring from the Brawn GP car of countryman Rubens Barrichello striking his helmet.

Massa would make a full recovery but would not stand atop the podium again that season.

With his career on the ropes, Massa moved to Williams in 2014 and found his home in the team. Starved of recent success, much like himself, both team and driver went perfectly hand in hand as he helped return the former championship winning team to the podium -- bagging five podiums in four seasons.

“You understand that all of the difficult moments that you pass though in your life, it makes sense,” continued Massa. “It makes sense that you arrive here and you really finish like a victory and for me today it was such an amazing moment talking with my son.”

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Felipe Massa and his son celebrate the Williams F1 driver's final Brazilian Grand Prix. Photo by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

By Sam Hall

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