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Massa: We did everything perfectly.

Felipe Massa admitted that Ferrari had done everything to perfection in the Brazilian Grand Prix although it wasn't enough to see the home hero deny Lewis Hamilton the honour of becoming the youngest driver to win the Formula One title.

Massa qualified on pole position at Interlagos and produced a dominant display in front of a partisan Brazilian crowd to secure his sixth win of the year – giving him more wins from the 2008 campaign than any other driver.

As Massa took the flag, it looked like the title was his with Hamilton having started the final lap in sixth place as, after making a late pitstop to change to tyres when rain started to fall, he lost position to Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel.

However, Timo Glock had gambled on staying out on dry tyres and at the final corner, Hamilton was able to pass the struggling Toyota to secure the fifth place he needed to secure the title from Massa by a single point.

With Ferrari having been set to celebrate, it was instead a tearful Massa who climbed from his car having come within quarter of a lap of lifting the crown but he admitted that his team could still be proud of its season, with the Scuderia successfully wrapping up the constructors' crown.

"We did everything to perfection and we almost managed to pull it off," he reflected. "Then, as I crossed the line, Rob [Smedley – engineer] told me that Hamilton had finished fifth and therefore he took the title by one point. Sport is like this and one has to accept that. Congratulations to Lewis: whoever gets the most points deserves the title.

"I am very proud of the whole team and how much support they have given me during this fantastic season. Now we must be happy with what have done, namely bringing home the Constructors' title which I know is so important for the team. It was a season of highs and lows and we have learned a lot, from the good moments and from our mistakes.

"I can leave Interlagos with my head held high because once again I have won in front of my home crowd and because this is an unforgettable day. Now I want to celebrate with my family, my friends and my team. We deserve it!"


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Ross - Unregistered

November 03, 2008 1:42 AM

So gutted for Massa, he's right tho he can hold his head high - drove a mostly brilliant season, and forced it right to the wire. Hopefully he'll come back next year even stronger!

IanK - Unregistered

November 03, 2008 9:58 AM

Although i`m a LH & Maclaren fan, i do feel for Felipe & his family. He drove well this season, & must truly be gutted. However, i do feel & hope that he will win the WDC, possibly next year, or the year after. There is no doubt in my mind that felipe will be a worthy world champion when he finally wins the crown



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