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Massa: Seventh place 'like a victory' in final home race

13 November 2017, 06:37 | Sandy Nunez

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Alonso conceded he had no hope of reclaiming the position from Massa - who was contesting his final Brazilian Grand Prix - but hailed McLaren's performance in Brazil as one of the team's strongest weekends this season. A stark contrast to retiring in wet conditions 12 months ago in what turned out to be a dress rehearsal for his actual retirement. Race officials then invited Massa up onto the podium. "Thank you for everything we've done together".

"The energy that I felt today here, to make the best race I could". The auto is showing great performance lately and I think that is coming from the chassis development.

Massa waved a Brazilian flag aloft from his auto on the slow-down lap, as well as receiving a message from his son, Felipinho, over team radio.

I'm so proud, I have so much emotion for everything that I have passed through [in F1] after such a long time. Wherever you go I will support you. "By the way, I loved your start!"

"I did everything in a ideal way from the beginning to the end, fighting with a guy that I was fighting a lot in my career", said an emotional Massa afterwards.

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

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"I managed to pass him on the re-start, but after that it was so hard". I was so emotional when I finished the race.

"We certainly had the pace to finish in seventh, but the very high track temperatures made things hard because as soon as you tried to attack you suffered with massive tyre degradation. Maybe in the future I would love to return to a better and safer country", he added.

"I did everything in a flawless way from the beginning to the end, fighting with a guy that I have been fighting a lot in my career", Massa stated.

"Today was definitely like a victory and to finish the race and feel the emotion of the people after such an awesome race".

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.

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