Felipe Massa: Brazil send-off felt like a win

13 November, 2017, 04:17 | Author: Eloise Marshall
  • Credit Charles Coates  Williams

Williams driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, steers his auto ahead of Force India driver Esteban Ocon, of France, on the first lap of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

Williams driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, waves to towards the grand stand at the end of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. His retirement lasted all of two months, however, as he was coaxed back to Williams after Valtteri Bottas replaced Nico Rosberg after the world champion announced his shock decision to walk away from the sport as world champion.

If you don't feel a twinge of emotion after that, you are officially dead inside.

"The energy that I felt today here, to make the best race I could".

"It's an issue I'm sure the government here are fighting, but I think maybe on this weekend, there are protocols that should be put in place to help, like for example when we go to Mexico, which weren't there for these guys".

The Spaniard will start the race in sixth but says the charging pace of Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton in the race tomorrow, Alonso believes that he'll have to do some defending tomorrow. Felipinho said on the team's radio.

Massa said: "It is a great sadness, not only for people who came and were there, but also for those who hear this and are Brazilian".

Thieves targeting the F1 community are a frequent occurrence each year at the Brazilian Grand Prix unfortunately, and reflect Sao Paulo's sorry state of affairs.

A runner-up in the 2008 season, Massa has 11 wins in 269 starts in his F1 career.

The Mercedes-powered team are currently fifth in the constructors' standings, with fourth now a mathematical impossibility.

Massa's final race will be at the season finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.

Massa's retirement means there will be no Brazilian drivers in F1 for the first time since 1969.

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