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Felipe Massa crashes out during final Grand Prix on home soil

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Felipe Massa's final race on home soil at the Brazil Grand Prix ended in tears after the Williams driver retired following a crash. 

The incident, which took place on lap 48, was the result of an extremely wet track, which had already caused the start to be delayed a couple of times.

During a turn, Massa clipped the inside line and spun into a wall, shown in the Twitter video further down this article. 


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It turned out to be a rather anti-climactic ending for the Brazilian legend, who has served the Formula One for over a decade. 

Massa is set to retire from the sport at the end of the current season and seemed disconsolate in Sao Paolo after crashing.

However, the two-time Brazil GP winner was greeted by fans, track workers, teammates, and other teams as he made his way back from the site of the crash. 

Such is the respect and compassion commanded by the veteran driver, who is also the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna to win a race at home. 

Draped in a Brazil flag, the former Ferrari driver made his way past the audience as he was cheered on, also paying a visit to his former Ferrari crew. 

Having never won the Driver's Championship during his career, Massa has mostly served as a supporting character in the sport. 

His closest title challenge came in 2008 as a member of the Ferrari team, losing out to a young Lewis Hamilton.

The Brit completed the race on Sunday in first place, making it three consecutive wins and closing the gap at the top of the championship to just 12 points, which was a massive 33 points after the Japanese Grand Prix. 

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg managed to clinch second position, keeping the race for the crown hot as the pair head into the final contest of the season at Abu Dhabi.

Another second placed finish for the German would guarantee him his first F1 title, but a slip up could hand the British driver an advantage given Hamilton's impressive run of form. 

A wet race in Brazil certainly favored the current world champion as he thrives in these conditions, but Rosberg managed to keep Hamilton at a distance in the rankings by finishing right behind him.

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