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Massa adapting to newfound fame at home 26 Apr 2007

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Thursday, 12 April 2007

After his triumphant victory in Bahrain, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa returned to his native Brazil for some rest and relaxation, ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix in May. Since being home in Sao Paulo, however, Massa has been struck by just how famous he is becoming and has been trying to get used to life as a celebrity.

“Here in Brazil it is getting harder for me to live a completely normal life when I leave my house,” explained Massa in his official Ferrari blog. “Usually, they want to ask me for an autograph and that is okay with me. Step by step I am becoming more famous, but that goes with the job.”

Winning his home Grand Prix at Interlagos from pole last season only intensified his celebrity status in Brazil and although he enjoys the attention most of the time, he does confess that now and again it does get too overwhelming.

“Sometimes it is nice when people come up to you, because it gives you a motivation, but occasionally it can be a bit too much, but I can manage to deal with that and I try and live a normal life,” he added. “And most of the time that I've been here in Brazil, a normal life is exactly what I have had, just relaxing and training.”

While back home, Massa also found time to celebrate his 26th birthday with friends and family at a small party he held at his house. But with the European leg of the season about to start, he believes it will be his last visit for some time.

The Brazilian plans to return to Europe at the weekend to begin preparations for the Spanish race and will join Ferrari at the multi-team test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya next Wednesday.