Felipe Massa hopes his residence Brazilian Grand Prix can keep on the Formula Just one calendar irrespective of a drought of area motorists and uncertainty about the very long-time period foreseeable future of the Interlagos circuit.
SAO PAULO: Felipe Massa hopes his residence Brazilian Grand Prix can keep on the Formula Just one calendar irrespective of a drought of area motorists and uncertainty about the very long-time period foreseeable future of the Interlagos circuit.
The 36-12 months-outdated Williams driver, winner of eleven grands prix with Ferrari and planet championship runner-up in 2008, is retiring at the close of the 12 months.
His departure ends an unbroken line of Brazilian motorists stretching back again almost 4 decades and comes at a time when Interlagos, which has a contract to host the race to 2020, is up for sale.
“I really hope Formula Just one stays eternally in Brazil,” Massa informed reporters at the atmospheric bowl-like circuit exactly where he final won in 2008.
“Brazil is a quite significant region for Formula Just one so a lot of titles, so a lot of motorists, so a lot of Brazilian motorists raced for Formula Just one considering that the begin.
“I really hope Interlagos stays for a quite very long time in Formula Just one and anything at all I can give to help, not racing any a lot more, I can do. It is a quite significant race.”
Brazil has produced three planet champions – Emerson Fittipaldi, Nelson Piquet and the late Ayrton Senna – who won 8 titles between them.
There has been a Brazilian driver competing in each championship considering that 1970 when 1972 and 1974 winner Fittipaldi designed his debut.
Just before Fittipaldi, there was a ten-12 months period of time with no Brazilians and the country’s race dates back again only to 1973.
No Brazilian has won a grand prix considering that Rubens Barrichello in 2009 and Massa has been his country’s sole representative considering that Felipe Nasr remaining Sauber at the close of final season.
Massa had also been due to go final 12 months but was recalled in January when his Williams crew mate Valtteri Bottas moved to Mercedes pursuing the sudden retirement of 2016 planet winner Nico Rosberg.
Sunday will be his final residence look and penultimate grand prix of his career.
“This time is the final one particular for guaranteed in Formula Just one,” Massa stated of his 2nd farewell to the residence group in the space of a 12 months.
“I am really seeking ahead to one more incredible emotion to race at residence and really savoring the observe that I grew up (on).”
Massa, who designs to race on in some other as-but unspecified series, stated his best memory of Interlagos was successful with Ferrari in 2006.
“It was like a desire arrive correct for a Brazilian that was constantly dreaming of remaining in Formula Just one, particularly in this observe,” he stated.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Toby Davis)