Felipe Massa admitted he had expected more after only qualifying in ninth place for his final F1 race with Ferrari.

The Brazilian struggled for grip throughout the final part of the session and ended up more than 1.6secs off the pace set by Sebastian Vettel as a result.

It will leave Massa with work to do on Sunday in his final outing before leaving for Williams but he said he felt that the conditions at Interlagos were set to provide an exciting season finale.

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"This qualifying session was made particularly complicated by the changing weather, because in the space of a few moments, it went from strong rain to suddenly stopping and everything in between happened!" he said. "I am not happy with my lap, because believe me, I expected something better, but I lost time in the second and third sectors and on some parts of the track, I was aquaplaning and losing grip.

"I am disappointed to have lost a lot of places because of that, as I was aiming to start from further up the order, but now all we can do is think about having a good race. For tomorrow, they are predicting rain, but we must be ready for whatever conditions we get, because here you never know and we haven't done so much as a single lap on a dry track.

"Without a doubt it will be a very exciting race for us drivers and for the fans too: all the energy they exude will be an extra motivation for me to do well on what is a very important day."

Technical director Pat Fry admitted it had been a shame for Massa not to qualify higher, but said the home crowd would help push him on on race day.

"It was a shame for Felipe as he was unable to improve in the second and third sectors, but I am sure that in his final race with Ferrari, he will try and make up for it tomorrow in front of his home crowd," he said. "In the race it will be important to adapt as quickly as possible to the track conditions, which according to the forecast will be similar to today's, with a 30 per cent chance of rain."