Massa honored with son on radio, special podium after P7 in Brazil

Henrietta Brewer
November 13, 2017

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

Last season's Brazilian Grand Prix was also an emotional affair, with fans anticipating it to have been Massa's last home event. While seventh isn't much to celebrate, it was Massa's second-best result this year, after coming sixth in both Australia and Bahrain in March and April.

With six world championship points gained, Massa moves back in front of rookie team mate Lance Stroll in the drivers' standings with one round to go.

His eight-year-old son, Felipinho, gave a heart-warming message to Massa on the team radio at the end of the race.

"Renault is the best engine company in the past 15 or 20 years if you see all the world championships so l don't think we should be too anxious", he said. "I love you. By the way, I loved your start".

That was followed up a thumbs up from Alonso as he entered parc ferme, an embrace of his Williams crew and teammates, and a salute to the home crowd. I managed to keep him behind so I was so emotional when I finished the race. Zero mistakes. I tried to put pressure on him. The vehicle is showing great performance lately and I think that is coming from the chassis development.

Then he got another special sign-off - a surprise trip to the podium after the top three had completed their interviews, with the most experienced F1 driver in history in countryman Rubens Barrichello.

"I agreed to return this season to help Williams when the call came", Massa said on announcing his retirement.

"I take so many great memories with me as I prepare for my final two races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, and although they will be emotional, I am looking forward to ending on a high note and preparing for a new chapter in my career", Massa added. It will be very hard to defend those positions but, as we saw in Mexico, I will not give up. "Even the people I didn't work together with, I love you guys".

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