Felipe Massa celebrated his podium finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix as if he had won the race.

Massa made two mistakes that could have been costly, but recovered to cross the finish line in third place to the delight of the home crowd packing the Interlagos track on Sunday.

Nico Rosberg won the race, ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The 33-year-old Brazilian driver said he was "very emotional" and that the result felt "like a victory" because everybody knew it wouldn't be possible to overcome the two Mercedes drivers under normal circumstances.

Fans rushed onto the track after the race to get near the podium where the trophies were awarded and loudly chanted "Ole, ole ole, Massa, Massa..."