Massa anticipating emotional close to Ferrari career

By on Thursday, November 21, 2013
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Felipe Massa is expecting this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix to be an emotional affair as he leaves Ferrari after a decade long association with the team.

Massa joined Ferrari as their test driver in 2003 and after racing for Sauber for two years, he returned to Ferrari in 2006 and has been with the team as a race driver ever since.

"It’s a fantastic place to race and to finish an incredible time with Ferrari," he said.

"It's a very long time. It’s our eighth championship but I’ve been inside Ferrari even before Formula One, so it’s a long time and I need to say thank you to all of them – everyone who worked together in Ferrari. [Team principal] Stefano [Domenicali] as well. You know that he is a big friend and he did a lot for me as well, Domenicali. Everybody, everybody I worked with together."

"I hope we can enjoy the last race here in Ferrari and having a lot of fun and having a good result as well to have even more emotion at the end."

Massa rated the Brazilian Grand Prix from 2006 as his happiest memory with the team, with the race at Hockenheim in 2010 falling at the opposite end of the spectrum.

"I would say the happiest moment was, I think, the first time I won in Brazil, 2006, with the green and yellow overalls. I think that was definitely the best moment for me. You know how important it is for a Brazilian to win at home," he said. "If you remember well, Senna was more happy to win in Brazil than to win a championship so you can see how important it is for a Brazilian to win here. It was a very special moment, not just that time but even 2008 was a special moment. I won the race here, it was Sao Paulo, quickest lap. It was other championships, not here in Brazil, you know, before. I think the toughest moment was... definitely the accident was not a great moment and maybe the race in Hockenheim, 2010."

Massa insists that he still has a lot to offer in the sport, ahead of his move to Williams for 2014.

"I really believe I can do a lot with Williams. Everything is changing, brand new rules for the championship so I think it’s also a good time that we start something new, different."

"You never know, you’re doing a good job in a team that has also all the infrastructure to do – like Williams has – everything inside the company to do a good car. So everything is possible. They believe in me so I’m really happy and motivated to drive for them, to work and to do everything I can to help the team to be competitive again, which I’m sure everything is possible."

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