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Brazilian GP: Ferrari race notes

Ninth win of the season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the second courtesy of Felipe Massa. This is win number 192 from 741 races entered by Ferrari, the eighth in the Brazilian Grand Prix. This is Felipe's second Formula 1 career win, having ...

Ninth win of the season for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, the second courtesy of Felipe Massa. This is win number 192 from 741 races entered by Ferrari, the eighth in the Brazilian Grand Prix. This is Felipe's second Formula 1 career win, having competed in 71 Grands Prix.

Jean Todt:

"Despite an extraordinary victory from Felipe and a race which for so many reasons was an historic one for Michael, in the heat of the moment I feel very disappointed. We would have liked Michael's career to end differently, but destiny had other plans."

"We must look at the positive aspects of this season: our team has taken the most race wins - nine in total, seven with Michael and two with Felipe - and despite getting off to a poor start, we were in the hunt for both titles right up to the final race."

"However, the championship is made up of eighteen Grands Prix and so we accept this result and our compliments go to our rivals. Now we have to look to the future and start a new chapter, taking into account the lessons we have learnt this year. We go into 2007 with new rules, a new driver, just one tyre supplier, but these are things we can discuss later."

"Today, I want to thank everyone in the Gestione Sportiva, Michael and Felipe for the great job they have done, with the support of our technical partners, especially Bridgestone and Shell and the commercial ones, first and foremost Philip Morris. Whatever the outcome, the Ferrari family has lived through a memorable season."

Felipe Massa:

"Today is another dream, the dream of my life has become a reality. The car was perfect, the Bridgestone tyres were perfect, I drove an impeccable race and all of this at my home grand prix! I always had the situation under control, slowing just a bit when Michael was in front of me, after his puncture, as I did not want to pass him."

"I want to dedicate this race to my family , to my friends, to all those who helped me in my career and to the Brazilian people who, today, made me feel their warmth through all the fans in the grandstand."

"Michael now stops driving for the team, but already I know I will miss him. I have always felt his support and his friendship and I know that it will be a big responsibility to replace him. Over the last few laps, I was trying to maintain concentration, but I could not stop myself from watching all the fans celebrating in the grandstands!"

Michael Schumacher:

"I am very happy for Felipe who drove an amazing race. It is great for him to be the first Brazilian to win at Interlagos since Ayrton Senna. It would have been nice if I could at least have made it to the podium alongside him. I would also like to congratulate Fernando."

"Today, my race was compromised after the puncture I picked up on lap nine, when I had just passed Fisichella. I was unaware of it until the team told me about it on the radio. I had a good climb back up the order, thanks partly to an amazing car and exceptional Bridgestone tyres."

"Today my racing career comes to an end. Obviously, it is a special moment for me and I am proud to have lived my career with some fantastic people, namely everyone who is part of the Ferrari family. There is so much I could say about them, but it is difficult to find the right words"

Ross Brawn:

"Everything was extraordinary today: the car, the drivers, the Bridgestone tyres and the team work. It was really frustrating that we were unable to see Michael bring his career to a close with a win. His race was compromised by a puncture caused by the collision with Fisichella, whom he had just overtaken."

"It's been a very tough season. The car was competitive right from the beginning but we did not get off to a great start. Then, we staged a great comeback thanks to the work of the team and our technical partners, especially Bridgestone and Shell, to the extent that we had the best package as well as the best drivers."

"Today, I am very happy for Felipe, who represents the future of Ferrari. He drove an exceptional race and it was a great way to finish the season."

Felipe Massa: 1st
1:31.53.751, 71 laps
Chassis: 256

Michael Schumacher: 4th
+ 24.094, 71 laps
Chassis: 255

-credit: ferrari

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