With over 250 races, 16 pole positions, 41 podiums (including 11 wins), Felipe Massa has had a stellar career in Formula One, racing for heavyweight teams like Sauber, Ferrari, and Williams.
A career spanning 16 years in top-flight racing, the sensational Brazilian has embedded his name among the elites of the sport.
Emotions took precedence as Massa raced in front of a packed crowd at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace circuit (formerly known as Interlagos) in Sao Paulo on Sunday, registering his best finish in 15 Grands Prix, holding off Fernando Alonso for a seventh place finish.
He sent a very emotional message to Williams ahead of taking the tracks and was seen in tears before the start in Brazil.
Able to hold off former Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso in the closing stages of the race, Massa ended his final home Grand Prix less than half a second ahead of his Spanish rival.
After the cool-down lap, the Williams ace received an incredible gesture from Alonso while entering the pitlane.
Alonso, who had already reached the pits, waited for Massa alongside his McLaren and applauded as the South American returned to the garage.
Later, Massa went on the podium waving to the crowd while delivering the perfect goodbye message to everyone present at the venue.
During his post-race interview, the 36-year-old said: “It was a race that I will never forget.
“I was so emotional when I finished the race. It was a very difficult race for me. It was like many victories that I took.
“I drove a perfect race from beginning to end, managed the tyres, managed everything around the car, the pace I had.
“Today was definitely like a victory and to finish the race and feel the emotion of the people after such an amazing race.”
Watch the incredible gesture from Alonso in the videos below.
Alonso’s brilliant gesture to his counterpart is really commendable, which sends out a perfect lesson to youngsters watching the action, to all of whom contemplating on taking up the sport.
It is all about RESPECT!