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Felipe Massa will look back at Ferrari a happy man

Felipe Massa will bid an emotional goodbye to Ferrari this weekend, insisting he leaves a happy man rather than a frustrated one.

After eight seasons as a race driver and 138 grands prix for Ferrari, Massa will pull on the red Prancing Horse overalls one final time on Sunday, fittingly in front of his own fans in Brazil.

A new chapter in Massa's career now beckons as it was announced last week the 32-year-old would be joining Williams.

For the most part Massa has been viewed as the second driver, always playing a subservient role, in particular alongside Fernando Alonso as he has been asked on more than one occasion to give way. Then there was the agony of missing out on the 2008 title, for despite winning the race from pole at Interlagos and being 'champion' for 30 seconds, the crown was snatched from him by Lewis Hamilton.

Massa said: "I've had some great times, some difficult times as well. What I can say is I'm a very happy man. Looking back on my career, one I thought I'd never have, I have zero frustration, even when I think back to 2008.

"In the last race, I gave 120 per cent. I started on pole, I won the race, I set the quickest lap, and under very big pressure. So I'm very happy with what I did in that last race in 2008. I lost the title elsewhere, in particular Singapore."

Massa was referring to the 'crashgate' saga as he comfortably led from pole for the opening 13 laps until Nelson Piquet crashed his Renault, deliberately so as a later investigation discovered. It turned the race on its head, with Massa and Ferrari bungling the pit stop that followed as he pulled away with the fuel pipe attached to his car, an incident that dropped him to last, recovering only to finish 13th.

It proved crucial as Massa ultimately missed out on the title by one point, yet five years on he remains calm in looking back.

"What happened in Singapore is unacceptable, it should not have happened, so I lost the championship there. But I'm still happy with what I did. I hope I can be even happier with what I do for the rest of my career."

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