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Felipe Massa: “It’s really an amazing feeling to race at home”

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Felipe Massa admits there is always a big expectation to perform in front of his ‘amazing’ home crowd as he arrives at Interlagos this weekend for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Williams Martini Racing driver, twice a victor in Brazil while racing for the Scuderia Ferrari team, is looking for another strong result to follow the podium finish he achieved with Williams in 2014, despite suffering a race full of incidents.

“Your home Grand Prix is always the most important race for a driver,” said Massa. “For me to race at home where I started my career – first on the other side of the wall at the kart track, then onto the race track – there is always a big expectation to perform in front of your home crowd.

“I love the track, it’s one of the best tracks for me and I’ve always had good results there. I’m really looking forward to hopefully achieving another amazing result this year.

“Last year we managed to finish on the podium. It was a race with so many things happening – I had a five-second penalty and even stopped in the wrong garage – but we still managed to have an amazing race so it’s important to look back on what we did last year to try to repeat it and have a very strong weekend once again.

“The passion from the fans is amazing. The emotion they have and how close they are to me as a driver, it’s really an amazing feeling to race at home. The experience is difficult to explain.”

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