Massa says goodbye to Interlagos with 'perfect race'

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Raikkonen had to fend off the recovering Lewis Hamilton to earn his spot on the rostrum alongside Ferrari teammate and race-winner Sebastian Vettel, though he said he felt comfortable despite coming under late pressure from the newly-crowned world champion.

Massa also received a wonderful message from his son, Felipinho, after he crossed the finish line.

"Renault is the best engine company in the past 15 or 20 years if you see all the world championships so l don't think we should be too anxious", he said. Wherever you go I will support you. I knew the re-start could be the only chance to overtake Alonso.

Back in the paddock, Massa described his P7 finish as "like a victory".

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"It's so hard to explain my feelings today", he told Sky Sports.

"I had an incredible start".

"We had a fantastic auto all the race through but we could not overtake", said Alonso. 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 did everything in a flawless 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. Today I finished like I wanted.

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"I'm happy with P7 today, particularly because it was a hard qualifying", said Alonso. I knew previous year I had so much love and emotion from the people but I didn't finish the race like I wanted.

"Today was definitely like a victory and to finish the race and feel the emotion of the people after such an awesome race". That's why I did another year. "It is a race I will never forget".

"For sure I will miss all of you guys".

"We are especially grateful that he agreed to postpone his retirement from F1 for a year, after Valtteri joined Mercedes, which demonstrated the depth of the relationship we built during our time together".

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