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Massa on Sao Paulo: It's going to be emotional 19 Nov 2013

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 11 October 2013 Race winner Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006 Race winner Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 248 F1 celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2012.
Formula One World Championship, Rd20 Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23 November 2012

Felipe Massa has said that competing in his final Grand Prix with Ferrari on home soil will make it an even more emotional affair.

The race in Brazil marks the final time the 32-year-old Sao Paulo-born racer will drive for the Scuderia after eight years racing in red.

“It will be very emotional racing at Interlagos for Ferrari for the final time,” Massa, who will join Williams in 2014, said. "Just competing in the Brazilian Grand Prix is a dream for all Brazilian racing drivers.

"My racing career started in Interlagos, my local go-kart track, and I also raced in other junior categories here. Before then, I remember sitting in the grandstands when I was a kid, watching Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and even Rubens Barrichello.

“After that, to race there in Formula One is a feeling that is hard to explain. There is all that energy you get from the crowd, from being at the track you love the most, hearing the music in the stands, feeling all that support.

“Winning (at Interlagos) is a feeling that is hard to describe. Winning here in 2006, in my first year with Ferrari, was definitely the most incredible race of my life. I had a special race suit featuring the yellow and green colours of our national flag and standing on the top step of the podium was more than I had ever expected from my life.

“For a Brazilian to win this race, it’s like winning the world title. It was the most emotional race of my life and I remember it as though it was yesterday. It really was the realisation of a dream.”

Asked how he’d like his career at Ferrari to be remembered, Massa, who has won 11 races for the Italian team, said: “I’d like to be remembered as an important component of the Ferrari team. We had great times together, winning races and championships and we also lived through some difficult moments.

"I am proud to be part of Ferrari’s history. It was always my dream to drive for Ferrari and I did it for ten years, eight of them as a race driver. Actually, I had a contract with Ferrari even before then, when I was just a kid really.

“It’s been a long time during which I always gave my all for the team. For my final race with them, I also need to say thanks to all the fans who have supported me throughout this time with Ferrari. They really feel part of the Ferrari world and the Ferrari family. With those fans I have celebrated many great moments and, on the other hand, when I was going through tough times, they gave me so much energy and support.”

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