Felipe Massa has insisted that he is approaching the final, title-deciding round of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship campaign on home turf this weekend feeling 'zero pressure' as he has 'nothing to lose'. All the heat in S?o Paulo, he contends, will be on Lewis Hamilton.

Massa enters the season finale trailing his McLaren-Mercedes rival and the long-time championship leader by seven markers in the drivers' standings, what he acknowledges gives him a 'tougher job than Lewis in terms of the points situation'. He equally underlines, however, that he has a far simpler objective than his British rival - repeating his hugely popular Interlagos victory of 2006.

"It's true I have a tougher job than Lewis in terms of the points situation," the Brazilian affirmed, "but my own objective for the weekend is much more straightforward than his. I only have to focus on winning the race on Sunday afternoon, hopefully with my team-mate second behind me.

"The only thing I am thinking about is winning. After that, the matter is not in my hands and we will have to wait and see exactly what and how much we have won. For sure, Lewis will try and put pressure on me, but I have zero pressure because I have nothing to lose. I have my people behind me and all the pressure will be on him, especially when you think about what happened in this race last year."

The final comment is a dig at Hamilton having lost the crown in the same grand prix this time in 2007, following a nervous and scrappy opening lap and subsequent gearbox glitch that cost him more than half a minute - and, ultimately, the title by just a single point to Massa's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

What's more, the S?o Paulista is adamant that he will gain a considerable boost from performing in front of his adoring home fans, and is confident the Scuderia's F2008 will be the package to beat in Brazil - even if both he and Raikkonen got roundly beaten by Hamilton and McLaren in Shanghai last time out.

"It is impossible to predict what will happen in the Brazilian Grand Prix," the 27-year-old conceded, "but our car has always been very good at this circuit, even if I cannot explain exactly why. We have always gone well here and I expect that to be the case at the weekend, whatever the conditions, in the dry or in the rain and in qualifying and in the race.

"The race in Shanghai was good from a team point-of-view as Ferrari picked up 14 points and extended its lead in the constructors' [championship], but from my perspective the title race got even tougher, as Lewis won and so I lost an additional two points.

"It was obvious right from Friday practice that McLaren were going to be very hard to beat. We saw they were very competitive, but you can never be completely sure what programme they are running, so it's best to concentrate on your own work, sorting out your own car and not start worrying about the opposition.

"Then on the Saturday, we saw the trend continue and so we knew qualifying and the race would be tough. It's fair to say that our car, the F2008, has been inconsistent in terms of its performance - in some circumstances we are extremely competitive and in others a little bit less so.

"This is due to a variety of factors which you have to take into consideration, such as the track layout, the track surface and how the tyres are working - but if you look at the whole field, this is equally true of other teams.

"Look at our closest rivals for example; in China they were quicker, but in Singapore and Japan our race pace was much better. The problem is that we didn't get the most points at these races.

"I know there have been comments about my overtaking Kimi in the final stages of the Shanghai race, but they have come from people who don't really understand how the sport works. It is a team sport and both myself and Kimi know we have to do what is best for the team.

"For sure, psychologically a racing driver always wants to finish in front, always wants to win, but all drivers have a contract with their team and so you are not racing as an individual. When you are fighting for the championship, with only one driver with a mathematical chance of winning, then all the teams in the pit-lane would do the same, which is to put that one driver in a position where he has the best chance of winning. That is part of this sport.

"Since arriving in Brazil, I've been doing my usual physical preparation and spending time with my family, and I will have a huge following here in my home town. Brazilian people love Formula 1, love motor racing and it is a really big passion for them. I really like to race at home and I think I race better at home.

"I love this track, I grew up here and I know all its little tricks and secrets. I first raced here when I was eight-years-old in a go-kart, as the karting track is inside the circuit complex. The first time I actually raced on the proper circuit was in 1998 in a Formula Opel race, although the track is not bumpy anymore as they did a great job on the surface last year. It's great to drive, and the whole event is one of the best on the calendar in my opinion. Over the weekend the atmosphere will be really special."



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