Felipe Massa is confident of converting pole position into victory on home turf for the second successive year, even though he admitted he didn't expect to hold onto the top spot when he saw Lewis Hamilton's final qualifying effort at Interlagos.

The 26-year-old did exactly what Ferrari asked of him in sealing his sixth pole position of the 2007 campaign - thereby matching the McLaren star's tally - and acknowledged afterwards it had been a particularly special moment for him to do so in front of his thousandths of supporters thronging the grandstands.

"It means a lot," Massa confirmed. "It is my country, and if you see how enthusiastic the Brazilian people are here - especially when you have a Brazilian guy fighting for pole position and coming back after one year ago when I was also on pole before I won - it is a fantastic feeling for me.

"The atmosphere here is always the same. They are very nice people, they enjoy being here at Interlagos a lot with the Brazilian flag, and that's amazing. It's a very big emotion, when you cross the line and see you have pole position and all the Brazilian people in the grandstands jumping... It's a very unique feeling.

"This is a fantastic day of my life, which will be difficult to forget. Hopefully tomorrow I can have another fantastic day. This was a good start, so hopefully we can finish in a similar situation as we finished last year. It would for sure be another dream."

Though the Sao Paolista was comfortably the fastest man on the track for the majority of the qualifying session - and the only one to dip below the 1m 12s barrier - he did admit to having had a few nervous moments as he waited for Hamilton to complete his final lap, one that until the third sector had looked like being at least a match for his own.

"In final qualifying I had a very good first attempt," he recounted, "but on the second I made a small mistake and afterwards I was a bit afraid Lewis could beat me. It was very close between us in the end. I was slightly expecting my engineer to maybe say P2, but in the end one tenth was enough to be in front. For the team, what they expect of the driver is to be in front and I am in front, so they are happy with me.

"It will be important to make a good start and I'm sure the fight behind me - hopefully behind me - will be a big one. It will be very nice for the spectators to watch a nice race, a nice fight between these three guys, and hopefully I can drive to victory."

 

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