Lewis Hamilton says he is taking nothing for granted at this weekends championship finale. Hamilton is tantalisingly close to championship glory, after victory in China extended his points advantage over Felipe Massa.
"In terms of championship points, it can only work to my advantage to have stretched my lead over Felipe in Shanghai”, Hamilton said in an interview with his personal website. “But in terms of preparation, I have to look at things realistically and appreciate that I have another weekend of maximum effort ahead of me.”
To guarantee the championship Hamilton must finish at least fifth in Brazil. He has achieved this twelve times during the last seventeen races. However, at last years Brazilian Grand Prix he finished seventh after a driving error and technical problems.
“You can still take absolutely nothing for granted. I still need to pull together a strong qualifying lap, be competitive during the race, and avoid failing to finish”, said Hamilton.
At 23 years old, success at Interlagos would see Hamilton eclipse Fernando Alonso as the youngest ever world champion. He would also become Briton's first champion since Damon Hill in 1996, and McLaren's first since Mika Hakkinen in 1999. Whatever the result, this weekends Brazilian Grand Prix is certain to be an enthralling event.