“I focus on my job, if we can be competitive this weekend we will try and get points and be up front great, what the others do is up to them. The car is very competitive, we were very quick here last year and should perhaps be more competitive this year with the car we have had, but it will be a very tough weekend, we have to keep pushing away and do the best job we can,” said Hamilton.
The McLaren driver has been in this situation before – in 2007 – when, going into the last 2 rounds of the season, he was holding a comfortable advantage over both Alonso and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. Unfortunately for Hamilton, a stupid error when entering the pit area kept him from scoring any points at Shanghai last year and later cost him the F1 title.
When asked about the possibility of Renault entering the winning equation in both Shanghai and Interlagos, Hamilton praised their form and expects to see them on top of the timing sheets again.
“They have done a fantastic job and great to see them do so well, and see how hard they have worked over the last two years. Not a surprise to see them do so well, sure they will be pushing us hard through the weekend,” concluded the British driver.
With Brazil being the last stop of this year's Formula 1 calendar – where Felipe Massa has always been strong in the last two years – Hamilton's chances of clinching his first ever F1 title relate mostly on his performance at Shanghai. Whether he'll be up to the challenge this time, we'll just have to wait and see.