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

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

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

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

Williams driver Felipe Massa, of Brazil, steers his vehicle ahead of Force India driver Esteban Ocon, of France, on the first lap of the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

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 will support you wherever you go.

"I did everything in a ideal way from the beginning to the end, fighting with a guy that I was fighting a lot in my career", said an emotional Massa afterwards.

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Massa's first farewell to Brazilian fans was much less exciting.

Speaking later to Sky Sports, Massa said: "It's so hard to explain my feelings today". I was so emotional when I finished the race. The thrill I felt today was enormous, just like past year. Awesome start, then managed to overtake a few cars after the Safety Car. I had a very good last few corners and I could see when we pulled out of the last corner that he was quite far away.

"I managed to keep him behind".

"It was a very hard race for me". Today I think I finished with a result like a victory, doing more than maybe what the auto was able to do. "Normally we cross the line and we are one of the first cars so are always P7, P8 but then when the radio call comes, normally it's P9 or P10 so, when the said still P7 and we start in six tomorrow, I say yes". I knew previous year I had so much love and emotion from the people but I didn't finish the race like I wanted.

Massa's final race will be at the season finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.