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Hamiliton or Massa?

Posted by therealquickie on October 19, 2008

Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of winning the Formula 1 chamionship after securing victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

The only man who could ruin his plans now is Brazilian Felipe Massa.

Hamilton dominated the race in his McLaren with title rival Massa’s Ferrari gaining second.

Can Massa do it?

In short, yes he can. His task is much simpler than Hamilton’s, he just needs to beat him in the final race.

John Watson, runner-up in the world championship in 1982 says, “He (Massa) is in a much more comfortable situation, he’s got nothing to lose.”

Easier said than done however, Hamilton is no easy opponent. He is hungry for the championship after losing out to Kimi Raikkonen last year.

However, the British driver has a worrying record. He is quite capable of throwing everything away at the last minute.

After making a series of errors at the Japanese grand prix a few weeks ago, people began to talk, cementing a reputation that began to form at the end of last season.

Although Hamilton won comfortably at Shanghai, Massa could capitalise on this weakness by maintaining his chasing role. After all, the Brazilian is quick but also a bit wild and unpredictable.

But he, like the Brit, remains inconsistant. He has had some amazing victories in Turkey and Bahrain this year only to spin an embarrassing five times in the wet weather at Silverstone.

Rob Smedley, race engineer at Ferrari, remains confident saying of Massa “You’ve got a world champion in the making.”

Hamilton takes a seven-point lead over Massa into the season finale in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 2 November. But don’t forget, this is Massa’s home track. This race is on.

Jennifer Wilis-Jones (jenzltp@hotmail.com)

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