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Felipe Massa starts the mindgames, heat on Hamilton

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Felipe Massa Title Showdown

With the title showdown coming closer, its Felipe Massa this time who has commenced the mindgames. Reacting sharply to reports that his title chances are considerably lesser than Lewis Hamilton’s, Felipe Massa had a lot to say.

“It is impossible to predict what will happen, but I think our car has always been very good at this circuit” the Brazilian Ferrari driver Felipe Massa said.

“I have my people behind me and all the pressure will be on Hamilton, especially when you think about what happened at this race last year.”

“The pressure on me is zero”

“It’s true that I have a harder job ahead of me to win the world title than for Lewis in terms of points but my game plan for the end of the week is more simple than his.”

“The one thing I must do is win. After that it’s just a case of seeing exactly what he has done and how many points we can win back.”

Last year too Lewis Hamilton was heavily favoured to win the title, but it didnt happen as he suffered gearbox problems. Hamilton eventually finished 7th in the last race last year if my memory serves me correctly.

Both Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton are vying for their maiden formula one driver’s title. While Hamilton has a 7 point advantage over Felipe Massa, Massa enjoys home crowd support at Brazil.

If Massa wins the championship , he shall be the first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna to win the title , Senna won the title in 1991.

Massa further exuded his confidence by claiming to know all the tricks and secrets of the Brazilian track.

Well what Massa said is true to a certain extent, he just has to win the race and hope Hamilton is sixth or below in the finish order. On the other hand its even easier for Hamilton, Lewis simply has to finish in top 5 and not care about Massa at all.

P.s. Why do i get this feeling that some penalty might decide the title ? 😛

Image: Ferrari Media

Written by Formula One Addict

October 29th, 2008 at 6:40 am

Title Showdown : Felipe Massa vs Lewis Hamilton

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lewis hamilton felipe massa final

The season seems to be ending on a high, the last race shall determine the winner of the driver’s championship. The 2 contenders for the driver’s championship are :

1. Felipe Massa – Brazil – Ferrari – 87 points

2. Lewis Hamilton – Great Britain – McLaren Mercedes – 94 points

Lewis Hamilton is seen to be in the driver’s seat (literally), but in the sport of formula one there is always the scope for upsets. The outcome shall be decided at the next month’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

While Lewis Hamilton has the pace of McLaren on his side, Felipe Massa has the skill and determination of Ferrari at his side. He will be hoping that Ferrari dont falter again and are able to run a clean and reliable race unlike their recent (in)famous ones.

Felipe Massa will also be hoping that Lewis Hamilton will be distracted by his many new year plans. there are rumours of him spending time with girls ranging from popstars to actresses.

And whatever happened to the reigning world champion you will ask ? , Kimi Raikkonen is no longer in the reckoning, he had a few strong races but most of his season has been timid in contrast.

Fernando Alonso had accused McLaren of crass competition but finds himself not even close to a title. But he has hypocritically vowed to support Felipe Massa’s title campaign. I would love to see if he backs up his tyro(ish) remarks with any action ?

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October 24th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Lewis Hamilton one step closer to title, wins in China

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lewis hamilton wins in China 2008

Lewis Hamilton came one step closer to winning his maiden formula one driver’s title by winning the 2008 formula one Chinese Grand Prix from pole. His closest competitor Felipe Massa was second in his Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton was fast from the start pulling away easily and making the Ferraris look gasping for pace. What is interesting though is that Kimi Raikkonen had slowed down to let Felipe Massa through much like a lot of the other formula one teams do within their teams. So when are team orders prohibited ? It did affect the outcome of the race. The swap reduced the damage to the Massa championship campaign but may just prove to be futile in the last race.

Fernando Alonso put in another strong(er?) performance to get a 4th place finish. The BMWs were 5th and 6th with Heidfeld finishing ahead of Robert Kubica this time.

The Red Bull of David Coulthard was 10th while teammate Mark WEbber was way back in 14th place.

Force India were as dismal as ever with Adrian Sutil not finishing the race and Fisichella finishing in 17th place (last).

The top 8 drivers were :

1 L. Hamilton  Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2 F. Massa      Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3 K. Raikkonen  Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4 F. Alonso    ING Renault F1 Team
5 N. Heidfeld  BMW Sauber F1 Team
6 R. Kubica    BMW Sauber F1 Team
7 T. Glock      Panasonic Toyota Racing
8 N. Piquet Jr. ING Renault F1 Team

So the title fight goes down to Brazil now, stay tuned for a post on that 🙂

Image: McLaren.com Media

Lewis Hamilton gets pole position at Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton steered his McLaren to a very important pole position today at the Fuji speedway. The rain from the morning had almost dried , and the conditions were ideal for the run of the mill qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton’s title rival Felipe Massa could only manage a fifth, while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen got the second place in his Ferrari behind the Brit.

Heiki Kovalainen made it in 3rd place making sure that McLaren can give a strong challenge in the constructor’s championship. Force India were as usual in dismal form and last place.

The Toyotas also fared well amongst rumours of bankruptcy and financial woes. They got 7th and 8th place respectively.

Result of the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying :

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.404

2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:18.644

3. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.821

4. Fernando Alonso (Spn) Renault 1:18.852

5. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:18.874

6. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:18.979

7. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:19.026

8. Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:19.118

9. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:19.638

10. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.167

11. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:18.187

12. Nelson Piquet (Brz) Renault 1:18.274

13. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:18.354

14. Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota 1:18.594

15. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:18.672

16. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:18.835

17. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:18.882

18. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:19.100

19. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari 1:19.163

20. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari 1:19.910

Photo : www.mclaren.com , media centre

Felipe Massa’s Fuel Rig Pit Accident at Singapore GP

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The race review will be posted tomorrow, till then be content with this video of Felipe Massa and his fuel rig incident.

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September 28th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

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