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Hamilton wants `straightforward` weekend.

Lewis Hamilton has said that he just wants to focus on his car and his driving in Brazil next weekend, as he bids to secure the 2008 F1 drivers' title in only his second season at the pinnacle of the sport.

Hamilton will start the 18th and final round in the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship as the undisputed favourite and following a dominant performance in China, the McLaren-Mercedes man now enjoys a seven-point cushion over Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

That means he only has to finish in the top five to be guaranteed the crown - regardless of what Massa achieves. Speaking ahead of the crucial title showdown, Hamilton added though that despite his position, he won't necessarily opt to take it conservatively.

"Fundamentally I will tackle Brazil the same way I've approached the previous races," he confirmed. "Obviously, my aim for Brazil is slightly different from the other grand's prix: I don't need to win the race, but that won't stop me from going into the weekend looking to be as strong as possible.

"Shanghai was a good example of that: we hit the ground running on Friday morning and never looked back. Our aim wasn't to push too hard, but we found ourselves in a position at the front and took it comfortably from there. That's what I am hoping to achieve in Brazil - a straightforward weekend that allows me to just focus on my car and my driving."

Last year of course Hamilton went to Interlagos in the same position - and ironically with the same seven-point lead. In the end however, it was Kimi Raikkonen that became the champion and Lewis won't want to miss out again.

"I went to Interlagos with the title battle still up in the air [in 2007] and all my emotions just bubbling up and down," he continued. "It was a very emotional time because I knew it would end with either great success or huge disappointment. In 2007, things didn't end up too well for me - but I still had a great first year.

"Everybody's always happy to finish the season in Brazil - there's a real party atmosphere in Sao Paulo on the Sunday night and it's a perfect place to end such a great season.

"I love the circuit too - it's in this incredible natural arena that is just amazing to race on. And it's anti-clockwise as well - so it presents an additional challenge to the drivers. The track always seems to provide good, close racing and it's a place where there seems to be a lot of grip so you can dice with the other cars and have fun."

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Barry Wilkinson

October 26, 2008 2:00 PM

karga i think this years mclaren is alot stronger than last years car and still mclaren are going to through some more aero pieces on it to improve it slightly. I cant really see the ferrari's doing an awful lot after the last race

Mark _

October 26, 2008 8:27 PM
Last Edited 316 days ago

@Fernando Alfonso - That is a very difficult question. I guess you could argue that he raced everyone including himself in Fuji. I never did see the footage of what caused Lewis to loose more spots after his first off track excursion.

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