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Video: Felipe Massa holds again Fernando Alonso and tears in ultimate F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

Video: Felipe Massa holds again Fernando Alonso and tears in ultimate F1 Brazilian Grand Prix

Felipe Massa raced in his ultimate F1 Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, managing to maintain a lid on his feelings till son Felipinho came visiting the radio with a message that introduced tears.

The place does one begin with Massa? After the curtain falls on his profession in Abu Dhabi, the 36-year-old could have began 269 Grands Prix yielding 11 victories and 41 podiums for 3 constructors throughout 15 seasons of System 1 racing.

Having failed to achieve the tip of the 2016 Brazilian race, which might have been his ultimate race if not for the shock retirement of champion Nico Rosberg and the motive force shuffle that ensued, Massa was eager to place issues proper in 2017, saying all weekend that he simply wished to see the checkered flag.

Ranging from 10th, Massa rapidly climbed as much as seventh place earlier than getting caught right into a race-long duel with former Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso over the place.

Felipe Massa mentioned his seventh-place end in Brazil on Sunday felt like a win earlier than his residence crowd. Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

“I believe it’s so tough to begin to inform the sentiments that I had right this moment within the race,” mentioned Massa, who completed seventh. “The race right this moment was, for me, like a victory. I believe all the pieces was simply good. The beginning, overtaking a couple of vehicles then I knew that the restart may very well be the one probability to overhaul Alonso. I knew he had worse tempo than me so I managed to cross him on the restart after which after that it was so tough as a result of I knew that retaining him behind for 71 laps can be very tough however I managed to do it.

“I believe, right this moment was undoubtedly like a victory, particularly for me, and I’m so proud. That emotion for all the pieces that I’ve handed via after such a very long time so thanks very a lot. Preventing with a man that I used to be preventing rather a lot in my profession, it was such a giant pleasure to reach in entrance and to be preventing and end the race with my head up. You recognize, I believe that’s an important factor.”

After crossing the road, seven-year-old Felipinho got here on the workforce radio.

“Daddy, I’m so pleased with you and wherever you go I’ll assist you,” mentioned Felipinho. “I like you. By the way in which, I liked your begin.”

Preventing again his personal tears, Massa replied, “Thanks. I like you all. Thanks a lot. I like all of you guys.”

Massa started his System One journey in 2002 racing for Sauber — a workforce he would re-join for the 2004 and 2005 seasons after spending 2003 because the reserve driver for Ferrari.

In 2006, Massa was promoted right into a full-time race seat with Ferrari and it was right here the place he would spend his most profitable F1 years. Throughout eight years he would associate Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso – drivers with ten world titles between them however Massa would greater than maintain his personal.

Coming agonizingly near successful a title of his personal in 2008, Massa then endured essentially the most testing interval of his profession after struggling a brush with dying through the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix — a unfastened spring from the Brawn GP automobile of countryman Rubens Barrichello placing his helmet.

Massa would make a full restoration however wouldn’t stand atop the rostrum once more that season.

Along with his profession on the ropes, Massa moved to Williams in 2014 and located his residence within the workforce. Starved of latest success, very like himself, each workforce and driver went completely hand in hand as he helped return the previous championship successful workforce to the rostrum — bagging 5 podiums in 4 seasons.

“You perceive that all the tough moments that you just cross although in your life, it is sensible,” continued Massa. “It is sensible that you just arrive right here and you actually end like a victory and for me right this moment it was such a tremendous second speaking with my son.”

Massa and son - pic

Felipe Massa and his son have fun the Williams F1 driver’s ultimate Brazilian Grand Prix. Photograph by LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

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