Felipe Massa: Brazil send-off felt like a win

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Fernando Alonso once again hit out at Honda's lack of power, describing its deficit during the Brazilian Grand Prix as "amazing".

After the top three had conducted the podium ceremony and celebrated with champagne, Massa was brought on to soak up the adulation of the home fans and talk to former Brazilian favourite Rubens Barichello.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said: "I would like to thank Felipe for all he has done for the team over the last four years".

"I hope Formula 1 stays in Brazil", Massa said. "Hopefully he has a great future in another category and a happy life", Alonso told NBCSN post-race.

"I had an awesome start".

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

"If tomorrow is dry like today, it will be tough to get into Q3, there's a good number of candidates fighting to get there and we're among them, but it will be hard". I will support you wherever you go.

"The energy that I felt today here, to make the best race I could". Today I think I finished with a result like a victory, doing more than maybe what the vehicle was able to do. I drove a ideal race from the beginning to the end, I managed the tyres, managed everything around the vehicle with the pace I had. I was very close to Felipe out of the last corner a few times and thought "now is the time I will pass him" but even with DRS he was pulling away. I was so emotional when I finished the race.

"I did everything in a ideal way from the beginning to the end, fighting with a guy that I have been fighting a lot in my career", Massa stated. It's so wonderful to finish the race and see the emotion of the people after such an fantastic race.

But there was more to come, as his young son delivered an emotional message over the team radio. Today I finished like I wanted. "It is a race I will never forget".

"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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