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2013-11-25 07:46

HUMPTY GRUMPY: Felipe Massa in the Interlagos pits - which was pretty much how he felt after the race was over. Souldn'ta crossed the line, Felipe! Image: AFP

TATIANA RAMIL

SAO PAULO, Brazil - Felipe Massa cursed race stewards on Sunday for ruining his Ferrari farewell in front of his home fans at the 2013 Brazilian F1 GP on Sunday.

The Sao Paulo driver had gone from ninth on the grid to fourth, with every chance of team mate Fernando Alonso handing him third as a parting gift, when he was given a drive-through penalty for fully crossing the white safety-barrier line at entrance to the pits.

'REALLY DISAPPOINTED'

"Unbelievable, unacceptable," he shouted over the team radio when told. He shook his fists as he drove through the pits lane and was still incensed after finishing seventh.

"I'm really disappointed," he told reporters in the Interlagos paddock. "For sure they (the stewards) didn't do the right thing. If you really need to do that, you need to penalise everybody who passed there, not just me.

"Its really unacceptable and I feel sorry because the race could have been completely different."

Massa, whose most recent previous win was also at Interlagos way back in 2008 when he lost the title to Britain's Lewis Hamilton by one point, said Alonso had told him before the race that he would help him to the best possible send-off.

"He just came to say wherever you are behind me, I let you by," said the Brazilian, who is moving to Williams after eight years at Ferrari.

Alonso, who had already made sure of second overall in the championship, finished the race third and paid tribute afterwards to his departing team mate. "He's been a fantastic team mate and even if we continue to see one another in the paddock I will miss the relationship we have had. I wish him all the best for the future."

Massa will be replaced at Ferrari by returning 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen.

GUARD OF HONOUR

The drive-through cost Ferrari the chance of leap-frogging Mercedes for second overall in the championship but the Italian team still made sure Massa was left in no doubt about their affection for him.

Given a guard of honour by mechanics as he drove out of the garage before the start of the race, they donned T-shirts afterwards thanking him for his contribution.

"I will miss the human part, you can see my relationship with Ferrari, how many friends I have here," said Massa. "It was a very emotional day, not only for me but for everybody that is working together with me and this is what I will miss more."
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