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Blundell`s view: Brazilian Grand Prix.

Hi folks...

The curtain falls on the 2008 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season this weekend in Brazil and just like last year Lewis Hamilton goes into the event leading - and favourite to take the title.

I hope he does it this time and I reckon he can. The odds are certainly stacked in his favour and he should achieve what he has always dreamt of.

It is kind of déjà-vu though isn't it?

It is 12 months on, yet we are at the same point and while he has a seven point cushion, it is going to be the most difficult seven points for him to try and make count.

Hamilton comes in though off the back of a great race in China. Indeed it was probably one of the best grand's prix he has ever driven. But before that, ironically, he probably had one of his weakest moments in terms of judgement and the Japanese GP was a disaster.

So, all is in place for us to have a great finale...

Could lightening strike twice? Could Lewis miss out again at Interlagos?

I really hope that doesn't happen but he has to be wary and it is a possibility.

We should not discount Kimi Raikkonen and if they are side-by-side going into turn one and they get a bit close, all of a sudden those seven points are irrelevant.

That is just one scenario that could make a big difference. Kimi - and Heikki Kovalainen could both play pivotal roles

Kovalainen needs to step up to the plate and fight as much as he can to take points away from those Ferraris - Felipe Massa being the guy that he needs to make sure is sitting behind him at all times.

Everyone wants to go out on a high in the final race, but for them, there is some team playing that needs to be done. They need to take those roles into consideration and take them very seriously indeed.

I think though that Lewis knows now what is required and he understands what is needed. Furthermore, as much as there may be obstacles put in his way, I reckon everything should come together on the day.

That is not to say Felipe Massa's hopes should be written off. He will be on home soil and that will be a help and hindrance all in one. Felipe has got the home advantage and he walks into the place knowing it and with every single fan behind him. He will take the basis of that and use it in the best way he can.

But he has also got the pressure of trying to score as many points as possible and seeing whether Lewis falters.

That is a very big hope and a big wish. His hopes are slim, but let's wait and see precisely what happens on Sunday...

What I think we can say with certainty is that Interlagos should suit both the McLaren and the Ferrari.

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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes Petronas AMG F1 W08. 

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silent runner - Unregistered

October 29, 2008 5:11 PM

i suppose some of you posters are pretty frustrated having not been picked up by itv or bbc talent scouts. i mean some of your posts have been so balanced, fair, honest, mature, intelligent you'll find anywhere? uhmmm actually i was just being a tad sarcastic :rolleyes:

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