Felipe Massa reckons that Lewis Hamilton will need to do well at the season opener, the Australia GP in March, if he is to vanquish memories of a poor end to 2007, something which ultimately cost him the title.

Massa told British newspaper The Sun that the way Lewis performed in his debut year with McLaren was remarkable, however, his performances in China and Brazil, were somewhat puzzling.

"We have to have respect for Hamilton. He won races and was consistent. For a newcomer, he impressed everyone," the Brazilian told the tabloid 'paper.

"I don't know what happened to Lewis in the last two races though. He should have scored maximum points and he wasn't able to do so.

"I think it was not good for him to do such an incredible season and to finish it as he finished it."

David Coulthard meanwhile is convinced Lewis will be right up there again this season and that the way he finished 2007 won't affect him.

"There's no doubt he'll be a force this year," the Scot added.

"[Indeed] Lewis will be a more complete driver. He'll challenge for the title," summed up the Red Bull Racing-man.



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