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GP Week : Issue 33
> F1NEWS> o n or THE 2008 Formula 1 World Championship will be decided at the final race of the season in Brazil following the result of the Grand Prix of China. Lewis Hamilton’s win, coupled with Felipe Massa’s second place finish means that the championship rivals are split by seven points going into the last race in two weeks’time, the exact same points difference that separated Hamilton and eventual 2008 Champion Kimi Raikkonen at the same point last season. Hamilton, however, is unconcerned at the parallel, stating after the race that he did not believe lightning would strike in the same place twice. “I think it’s a completely different year,”he said. “I know going to Brazil will be a much better situation compared to last year and also we know that we will be a lot more competitive than we are here, so that is comforting. We know that we have got to do a good job.” Hamilton’s win in China, on the track at which his 2008 championship aspirations had started to unravel, was born of a maturity developed over the last 12 months and with the demons of his DNF in Shanghai last season well and truly exorcised. Massa, for his part, has no fear going into his home Grand Prix. The Brazilian has run well at Interlagos over the past two seasons, and will arrive in Sao Paolo knowing that he has to shoot for the win, regardless of how Hamilton’s race plays out. Massa told journalists in China that the home advantage of racing in front of the traditionally vocal Brazilian crowd was sure to give him a boost. “Always when you play at home you usually play better. I have had very good experiences in Brazil for the last two years, so hopefully we can repeat that and have a great experience again. “I’m very optimistic, for sure, and we need to be, everybody in the team. We need to be together, very optimistic and trying to do our job in the best way we can and trying to win.” So a seven point gap and two fired up drivers. The season finale promises to be a thrilling conclusion to an enthralling championship.