Interlagos, BRAZIL, November 21st, 2013 (F1Plus / Bruno Ferreira) - Felipe Massa’s eight year spell at Ferrari is coming to an end this weekend, at the 2013 Brazilian GP. Although he’ll go through a very emotional time by parting ways with his old team, he is pleased that his farewell from Maranello will happen at his home race, at Interlagos circuit.
As a Ferrari driver, Massa has a successful racing record in his country, as he had the opportunity to win the Brazilian GP twice, in 2006 and 2008. “Definitely, it’s a fantastic place to race. I’ll finish an incredible time, this long time with Ferrari – not just the championships, as I’ve been working with Ferrari before F1, so it’s a long time”, said Massa, in the press conference at Interlagos which was attended by F1Plus. “I would like to say thank you for everyone [in Ferrari] for this great time, from Stefano [Domenicali, Team Principal] to everybody. I had a lot of fun, but it would be great to have a good result as well.”
He added: “Ferrari is a dream for all the drivers. My first go-kart was red, my first overall was red, so I’ve been supporting Ferrari since I was a kid. To get to race for Ferrari in F1 is a dream coming true.”
Although he still holds great feelings for the Italian team, he also has great hopes for his new journey at Williams. “I’m getting old as well, but it’s a new start for my career. I’m looking forward for my future with Williams.”
Amid his 138 races for Ferrari so far, Massa has no trouble picking his best and worst moments at the team. “My happiest moment was the first time I won in Brazil, 2006. I was wearing a green-yellow overall, so that was definitely the best moment for me, because I was winning at home. That’s very important for Brazilian people”, he says. “The 2008 race was also a very special moment, with the pole and the win. I didn’t lose the championship here in Brazil – actually, it was before that.”
“The toughest moment was my accident [Hungary, 2009] – obviously it wasn’t a great moment. But there is also that race at Hockenheim”, he added, making reference to the 2010 race which he was leading until he was instructed to let his teammate, Fernando Alonso, past.
For Felipe, his new time at Williams will also mean a new opportunity for Brazilian drivers in general to push even harder to get to F1. “The Brazilian history, so many drivers, so many championships, so many victories, so F1 is very important for Brazil. It’s very, very important to keep Brazilian drivers in F1. We are not having a great time in the junior classes, but it’s important to push and help for the future.”