While he may have sacrificed victory in his home Brazilian Grand Prix, Felipe Massa claims there was no chance he would have been tempted to win at Interlagos if Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had a shot at the title.

Indeed, Massa has been the front runner all weekend and duly took the lead from pole position into the first corner before working with Raikkonen to put a massive buffer between themselves and their rivals.

However, while Massa - cheered on by thousands of chanting supporters - was the fastest driver on the circuit, he was not about to prevent his team-mate from claiming the Drivers' title, with Ferrari engineering their pit-stops to get the Finn in front.

Although Massa, who finished second, admits he was disappointed not to be able to repeat the win he managed in 2006, he hailed Raikkonen as a great champion.

"Today is a great day for the team and for Kimi, who has won the Drivers' title. Of course I would have liked to have won my home race again this year, but I am happy to have helped my team-mate, who was the only one of us still in with a chance of taking the title.

"I am proud to have done it for Ferrari who believed in me even when I was not in Formula 1. It is thanks to the people in Maranello that I am here and it is with them that I have grown as a driver and as a man.

"After everything that has happened this year, both on and off the track, today it is great to be able to celebrate two world titles. Today I had a fantastic car and I could have gone even quicker on track than I did. I also want to thank all our partners for all their support."

 

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