Felipe Massa will make his last Brazilian GP start this weekend. (Photo: Williams Martini Racing)
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Felipe Massa is set for an emotional weekend in Interlagos as he takes part in his last Brazilian GP, ahead of his final start in Abu Dhabi.
Williams has marked the occasion by replacing the Martini logos on the engine cover with Massa’s last name.
“I think it will be a very special weekend for me, for my last home race,” said Massa. “The place where I grew up, the place that I remember I was in the grandstand watching and supporting Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, always dreaming to be here. And then I managed to get here and managed to win two races here in Interlagos, getting quite a lot of times on the podium, so it’s definitely a fantastic place for me. I will miss, definitely, this race.
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“When I see these guys racing next year, I will definitely miss to be here. But I am so happy and proud for everything I passed through these 15 years in Formula One, every people that I met – friends, drivers, the competition I had with these guys for quite a long time. So yeah, I will miss, definitely, this place, some nice races around the world but also some friends. It will be a very special moment for me.”
Looking back on his career and his rivals he said: “The competition is really high, but I think I definitely learned a lot. I think it was an amazing life experience that I had. It’s definitely not easy to be a Formula One driver I would say, but I had a fantastic time and so happy to achieve what I managed to achieve and to get here after very long.
“I will always remember them as tough drivers on track and I would say maybe the relationship maybe in the last years gets a little bit better outside the track and it will get even better when all of us stop I would say. Just expect the best for them and support them for the future.”