Felipe Massa: Brazil send-off felt like a win

Felipe Massa: Brazil send-off felt like a win

Felipe Massa struggled to control his emotions in the final minutes before his 14th and last ever Brazilian Grand Prix.

"I'm happy with P7 today, particularly because it was a hard qualifying", said Alonso. "I'm very close with all the guys that got pulled aside and you can't imagine what they were feeling or going through at the time". "Normally we cross the line and we are one of the first cars so are always P7, P8 but then when the radio call comes, normally it's P9 or P10 so, when the said still P7 and we start in six tomorrow, I say yes. I will never forget today", the Brazilian said after being invited to the podium in a crowded Interlagos track in Sao Paulo.

Speaking later to Sky Sports, Massa said: "It's so hard to explain my feelings today".

"I think we have a good auto for Sunday but I have no doubts that (Daniel) Ricciardo and (Lewis) Hamilton will come back tomorrow very strong in the race".

"Last year I had such awesome emotion, walking through the pit lane, but I was missing the result".

"We had a fantastic vehicle all the race through but we could not overtake", said Alonso. I had a very good last few corners and I could see when we pulled out of the last corner that he was quite far away. I managed to keep him behind so I was so emotional when I finished the race.

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Massa had already acknowledged that keeping his emotions in check would be hard in his last two races.

"Unfortunately the cars this year in this kind of place they can be very hard to pass and it gets a bit boring unfortunately".

Last year's race in Brazil saw Massa, in what was originally supposed to be his final home race, crash out at the half-way point before bidding farewell in a tear-filled walk down the pit lane.

"After that, the most frustrating thing is I've been in Formula 1 for 10 years and every single year that has happened to somebody in the paddock".

"We're very unlikely to make a decision in short order", Lowe, who joined from champions Mercedes earlier in the year, told reporters.

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