Lewis Hamilton has admitted that a fourth victory of 2011 would be the perfect way to reply to the abuse he expects to receive from Felipe Massa's fans at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix.
The Briton has had a magnetic attraction to his Ferrari rival this season, the pair coming together no fewer than six time in 18 races, leading to a somewhat acrimonious relationship. Although both drivers privately insist that they bear no ill-will towards the other, neither appears willing to make the first move in reconciliation. According to Britain's Mirror
newspaper, Hamilton was booed on the grid ahead of the 2008 title showdown, but is also respected for his admiration of Ayrton Senna and the fact that he carries the Brazilian's colours on his crash helmet.
As a result of the collisions, plus the fact that he beat Massa to the 2008 world title in Brazil, and the obvious coverage of the bust-up in the media, Hamilton admits that he expects to be on the receiving end of barracking at Interlagos this weekend, but insists that he will also have his supporters in an otherwise partisan crowd.
“I am sure there will be a few Felipe fans who will be less happy,” Hamilton noted, “I have no idea what the reaction will be. I just know that I have had great support every time I have been to Brazil.
“It was tough here when I was racing with Felipe for the championship, but I think I have growing support. I guess I will just see when I get to the track.”