SAO PAULO - Another Formula One season comes down to the last race of the year, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa vying for their first career title at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.
In a thrilling season in which seven different drivers won races and as many as four led the series, Hamilton arrives in Brazil with a seven-point lead over home-crowd favourite Massa.
Hamilton needs only a fifth-place or better finish to ensure he becomes F1's youngest champion at age 23, and the first British champion since Damon Hill in 1996.
"I have to look at things realistically and appreciate that I have another weekend of maximum effort ahead of me," Hamilton said.
Massa retains a chance to become the first Brazilian champion since the late Ayrton Senna in 1991.
But he has to win or finish second and rely on Hamilton finishing down the field.
"It is impossible to predict what will happen, but I think our car has always been very good at this circuit," Massa said. - Sapa-AP