Massa so happy after day of mistakes

Sun Nov 9, 2014 6:03pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Felipe Massa was penalized for going too fast in the pitlane, stopped off at the McLaren garage by mistake but still sent his home crowd crazy with a third-place finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mobbed by a crowd of Brazilian reporters in the cramped Interlagos paddock, his young son alongside in a T-shirt declaring 'My Daddy's a Williams driver', the 33-year-old savored the moment.

As he told retired triple world champion and compatriot Nelson Piquet on the podium, he made so many mistakes and yet was so happy.

"I had the drive-through, the five seconds for the penalty for the speed limiter. Also I stopped in the McLaren (pits) because it was similar and it just was prepared before my garage," he said.

"But the car was fantastic, I’m so grateful for the pace."

The podium was his second of the season with resurgent Williams, the former champions he joined after eight years at Ferrari, and first in front of his home crowd since he finished third in 2012.

His last win, in 2008, when he missed out on the title by a single point, was also at Interlagos.

"I think the race was amazing. Everything that happened in my race today," he said after finishing behind Mercedes title rivals Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.   Continued...

Third placed Williams Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil lifts the trophy during podium ceremony after the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo November 9, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker