Ferrari number two driver Felipe Massa has said he would love to win in front of his home fans this weekend at Interlagos.
Massa has won in Brazil twice already, back in 2006 and 2008, when he was of course just pipped to the title by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.
The 29-year-old took a confidence boosting third place in Korea last time out - his first podium since the Italian GP back in September and while he is keen to shine and give his fellow countrymen something to cheer about again this Sunday, he isn't underestimating the Red Bull's of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
“As a Brazilian driver, the crowd definitely gives you something extra and I have first-hand experience of that, as my last three races here were very strong, so I hope that trend continues this time,” Massa wrote in his blog on the official Ferrari website. “I have won my home race twice now and I would love to do it again, but it is very difficult to make predictions until we actually start practice.
“What we can say is that, in the past, even in years when our car was not so competitive during the season, we have gone well in Sao Paolo and I hope that will be the case this weekend.
“In general, in the last few races in Asia, our car has worked well which is encouraging, but it is also true that Red Bull won here last year and they are bound to be strong again.”
Massa will be in demand this weekend, as the only one of the four Brazilian drivers' on the grid likely to be able to win - and while he knows he is going to be 'extra' busy he doesn't mind.
“I look forward to it,” he continued. “It is a fantastic feeling seeing all the home crowd making so much noise in the grandstands from Friday onwards, cheering me and the other Brazilian drivers. We have four Brazilian drivers on the grid this time, which will create even more interest.
“There are no particular changes at the Interlagos circuit this year, which means it will have it's own very special character as usual. I love the atmosphere and I think in general it is a popular venue on the calendar: the race track itself is fantastic and usually provides good racing as you always see lots of overtaking here.
“I hope it will be a nice weekend: in terms of the weather it is quite warm [at the moment], in the mid-twenties, but there is no point looking too closely at the forecast, as it can change for better or worse very quickly here. All I will say is that when it rains in Interlagos, it rains a lot!”
So how crucial is the Brazilian GP?
“In terms of both championships, this is a very important race, but everyone at Ferrari will go about preparing for it just like any other grand prix, as you cannot change your approach. The important element will be reliability, so that we can get all our Friday work completed, before tackling the crucial qualifying, which will be very close, given how short the lap is here. As for the race, the first aim will be to make sure we finish and then we can see where we are at the chequered flag,” he concluded.