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Felipe Massa excited about last Japanese Grand Prix

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Sunday 2 October 2016. Felipe Massa, Williams Martini Racing, with Felipe Nasr, Sauber, in the drivers parade. Photo: Glenn Dunbar/Williams

For many Formula One drivers, the Japanese Grand Prix is a special race, due to its figure of eight layout, as well as the little run off, but for Williams Martini Racing driver, Felipe Massa, this will be his last race at the Suzuka circuit – making it all the more poignant.

The Brazilian, who has a best finish of second at Suzuka back in 2006 and 2012 while driving for Ferrari, echoed the sentiments of many other drivers in his love for the Japanese track.

I think Suzuka is one of the best places to race,” said Massa.  “I love the layout and the high speed sections.”

Massa even went as far to say that he felt that “sector one I think is the most incredible sector in the world,” meaning that it beat other driver and fan favourites such as Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.

However, the Williams driver didn’t solely dwell on the track, but also the country and the fans, who are notoriously Formula One, and driver, obsessed.

I really love Japan. I love the people and I love to go there to spend some time in Tokyo. I’m really looking forward to my last Formula One race in Japan and I can’t wait to enjoy it with the amazing Japanese fans.

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