Felipe Massa hoped to give Brazil another victory to celebrate after a little bit of ‘Neymar magic’ rubbed off on him as he put his Williams on pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday.
This is the popular Brazilian’s first pole since 2008, when he was with Ferrari A year before he suffered near fatal head injuries in Hungary – a Formula One feel-good story for Austria’s first race in 11 years.
When he left Ferrari at the end of last year, it seemed to many that Massa’s best years were behind him and that he might have few highlights ahead with a team that scored just five points in all of 2013. The prospects look a lot brighter now.
“The race is tomorrow but I’m so happy, very emotional – not just for me but I think it’s a similar feeling what I feel and what Williams feel as well,” the driver told reporters.
“Williams had an incredible career in the past and they are back to the top, they are back [in] the fight.
“Being the quickest on the track against everybody, it’s always the best feeling a driver can have. A driver always works and fights to achieve this. It’s definitely a great moment, this Qualifying,” he added.
Massa has also not won a race since 2008, when he triumphed in front of his home crowd in Sao Paulo and then finished as overall runner-up to Lewis Hamilton, but that drought could also end on Sunday.
The Brazilian hoped that could be a good omen for his country’s World Cup clash with Cameroon in Brasilia on Monday.
“There is a lot going on in Brazil in this moment so I really expect that we can have a great show, a great show for everybody which is looking, you know the World Cup in Brazil,” he said.
Massa revealed that his son, Felipinho, had given him a little figurine of the man all Brazil hopes will be a winner – soccer striker Neymar.
“Just before I [went] to the car my son gave me a little Neymar [doll],” the Brazilian continued, saying he had put it on the side of his helmet.
“I’m a great fan of football, so I hope we can have a great World Cup. I know what it is to win at home so I can imagine winning the World Cup at home is like a dream come true, not just for the players but also for everybody which is watching,” he said. (Reuters)