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Brazil - Thursday press conference - 2.

Drivers: Rubens Barrichello (Honda), David Coulthard (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes), Felipe Massa (Ferrari) and Nelson Piquet Jr (Renault).

Questions from the floor.

Q: (Frederic Ferret – L'Equipe).
A question to Lewis and Felipe. What do you think of this particular track and how is it for your car?

Lewis Hamilton:
I love this track. It has always been one I've liked. I think I learnt it from a computer game years and years ago, me and my brother used to play it. Just watching it over the years it was always a spectacular race to watch whether it was raining or whether it was dry. When I came here last year and actually drove the circuit it feels like a real racing circuit. It is quite bumpy in some areas, it has got a nice combination of corners. It is not too long but it is not too short. It has a great long straight, so there are areas to overtake. It really has a lot of character. We don't really see too many circuits like this which have so much character, so I like it.

Felipe Massa:
Well, first of all this (circuit) is part of my story. I started here, I grew up in this area. I started when I was eight over the other side, at the go-kart track, and I started my career in open-wheelers here in '98. I love the circuit. It's a very special circuit for me. It's a circuit that, as Lewis said, gives you a lot of pleasure to drive. Always when you are at home and you have a nice circuit to drive, you always have extra motivation, extra good energy, so I think it's even nicer to race here at Interlagos, so let's try to do a great job.

I think our car can be quite strong here, because in the past we were very strong here. If you look at this season, on some tracks we were stronger, some tracks McLaren was stronger. We were struggling a lot at Hockenheim, for example, and they were very quick, but we were very quick at the next race, so I don't think that because China wasn't a great performance for us that here it will be the same. I think this is a track that suits our car quite well. We like to race with these tyres, so I think we can be very strong.

I feel the same.

Q: (Andrea Cremonesi – La Gazzetta dello Sport).
This is a question for Nelson and Rubens: I would like to ask you your opinion about Felipe and what do you think about his mission impossible this weekend?

Nelson Piquet:
I think anything's possible, as we saw last year with Kimi winning the championship. I think Felipe has done a very good job this year. As David said, he has been improving a lot and he showed this year that he's clearly also fighting for the title. He has one of the best cars and he has been driving very well. If I had to quote odds as to who will win the race, I think Felipe has more of a chance of winning the race – being at home, knowing the track very well and being very confident here. He has already won a race here and he knows it would make everybody very happy here if he won the race. But Lewis will also be very strong, probably as quick as Felipe. Basically Lewis will have to take it very calmly the whole weekend. He doesn't need to push for anything, he just needs to score a few points and that's it. At the end of the story, we don't know if it's going to rain or if it's going to be dry. It can be a hectic race on Sunday. I think both of them have done a very good job this year. They both deserve it, so I think it's just up to Sunday when we see what's going to happen.

Rubens Barrichello:
I think he's had a fantastic year because after three races, if we remember, especially from our Italian friends, you guys wanted to change him because he had zero points and we all knew that he could win races and be fighting for the championship and it was what he did. He won two consecutive races and he was back into the championship. So I think for someone to do that, it means that you need to be mentally prepared to go through the bad phases and learn, so I think he's done superbly and he comes to this final race in the same position as Kimi last year. It is a mission impossible but, like I said before, he has to win the race to have any chance and that's what he has to aim for. I don't think he has to go thinking of championships or things like that. He has to race just like any other race.

Q: (Brazilian media).
Lewis, David said you are one of the most attacking drivers in Formula One right now and this is really your style, but last year here, you made a little mistake in sector one on the first lap and it maybe slightly cost you your chance of winning the World Championship. My question: are you ready to change your mental and technical approach to just drive a conservative race, try to avoid mistakes, try to avoid any kind of trouble? Are you ready to race to be just fourth or fifth?

Well, first of all, obviously last year the beginning of the race didn't go well but I don't think that had any bearing on how the championship ended. If my car hadn't stopped, then we would have won. This year, I don't think I need to change anything.

Q: (Rodrigo Franca – VIP Magazine).

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