Massa says final goodbye to Brazil fans at Interlagos

Felipe Massa says seventh place in final Brazilian GP was 'like a victory'

Alonso was frustrated in his race-long battle to pass Felipe Massa at Interlagos for seventh place, spending the entire race tucked up behind the Brazilian's Williams but unable to pass his Mercedes-powered rival due to the lack of straightline speed from McLaren's Honda engines. That's why I did another year.

"I'm really emotional today because of all of you guys", the Williams driver said in a special interview with fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello on the podium in Sao Paulo.

His 7-year-old son Felipinho was the first to congratulate him after the race, which was won by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

Massa, 36, will bow out at the Abu Dhabi GP later in November.

"Thank you for everything that we passed together, for all the support".

He then withstood huge pressure from the McLaren driver over the remainder of the race, eventually crossing the line less than half a second in front of the Spaniard as he picked up his best result since finishing sixth in Bahrain in April.

"I think we have a good auto for Sunday but I have no doubts that (Daniel) Ricciardo and (Lewis) Hamilton will come back tomorrow very strong in the race". "Conditions were very tricky: you see drops of rain on the visor, and that takes some confidence away even when the asphalt is completely dry".

Williams will take their time in announcing Brazilian Felipe Massa's replacement for next season, the Formula One team's technical head Paddy Lowe said on Friday.

"I am going to miss you a lot". I knew the re-start could be the only chance to overtake Alonso.

"I managed to pass him on the re-start, but after that it was so hard".

F1 fans on social media loved the touching message on the team radio. Today I think I finished with a result like a victory, doing more than maybe what the auto was able to do.

"I managed to keep him behind. Hopefully he has a great future in another category and a happy life", Alonso told NBCSN post-race.

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