An emotional Felipe Massa said he wasn’t sure he deserved the warm reception he received after crashing out of his final home grand prix.
Massa, who will bow out of Formula One following the next race in Abu Dhabi, said it was “impossible to explain my feelings from today, for everything that has happened – so much love”.
The Williams driver crashed out on the 49th lap but was cheered by the crowd and applauded by members of rival teams as he walked back into the pits.
“We couldn’t finish the race,” he said. “I wanted to finish in the right way, with the flag on the top. Unfortunately, I couldn’t, but I think God knows what to do.”
“I was just walking, in front of my people, with this amazing reaction. Not just from the fans but from all the people in Formula One coming out to clap their hands for me. It’s impossible to explain these emotions.”
“I never expected this in my life, I don’t think I deserved as much as this. The minimum I can say is thank you very much to everyone, all the people I’ve worked with, all of the fans. I will never forget this day.”
2016 Brazilian Grand Prix
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- 2016 Brazilian Grand Prix team radio transcript