Fernando Alonso to start season best sixth in F1 Brazilian Grand Prix


SAO PAULO (AP) - Felipe Massa said his second and final goodbye to home fans in the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday with a seventh-place finish that the Williams driver insisted "was just like a victory".

During that spell, one of the most memorable moments of the season occurred, as the voice of Massa's young son Felipinho delivered a tear-jerking message to his father: "Daddy, I'm so proud of you".

"I took it easy in the beginning and I was still catching up the guys at the front but I felt I took care of my tyres and once I pushed I could get close but you can't really do anything. I love you! By the way, I loved your start!"

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"I knew that after a year ago I had so much love and emotion from the people, but I didn't finish the race as I wanted. I will never forget today", the Brazilian said after being invited to the podium in a crowded Interlagos track in Sao Paulo.

"It's so hard to explain my feelings today", he added. The thrill I felt today was vast, just like a year ago.

"Last year I had such wonderful emotion, walking through the pit lane, but I was missing the result". It's so awesome to finish the race and see the emotion of the people after such an incredible race. I then managed to overtake a few cars after the Safety Car, managed to overtake Alonso which was very important for me because I knew he would have better pace than me. I knew that keeping him behind for 71 laps would be very hard, but I managed to do it.

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"We had a fantastic auto all the race through but we could not overtake", said Alonso.

"Unfortunately the cars this year in this kind of place they can be very hard to pass and it gets a bit boring unfortunately. It was a good end but I wanted more". I knew previous year I had so much love and emotion from the people but I didn't finish the race like I wanted.

"That's quite a good direction that we took and in Australia next year we will be a completely different team and we are looking forward".

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