Massa Thanks Barrichello for Homage and Support
The helmet seemed to have brought good luck to Rubens, as he won his tenth career victory wearing it in Valencia. This moment was very emotional for Massa, who immediately phoned Rubens after the race to congratulate and thank him for his support.
"My first attempt failed because he was debriefing with his Brawn GP people, but later I could manage to talk to him and congratulated him for his fantastic victory", declared Massa, who saw the race in front of the TV, at his home in Sao Paulo.
"Of course, I also thanked him for everything he's done and said about me during the whole weekend. In fact, I felt very emotional when I saw his helmet with a design intended to homage me", added Felipe.
"The last time a saw a Formula 1 race on TV was the Japanese GP back in 2003. It was the race that closed the calendar and I did not travel do Japan because I was Ferrari test driver at that time. I was with my fingers crossed all the time, expecting a victory that could keep the Brazilian domination in Valencia. Don't forget that I won the race in 2008, after starting on pole and setting the best lap", said Massa.
"Rubens did a fantastic job today. I was checking his lap times and I'm sure he could win even without Lewis Hamilton's McLaren [pitstop] problem. He was amazingly quick in his second stint and did not commit any mistakes", concluded Massa.
Now the recovering Brazilian is due for an appointment with former CART medical director Dr Steve Olvey, in order to continue his rehabilitation program. Massa will leave for Miami USA, on Friday, where Dr Steve Olvey is the director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital.