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 Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi steers the Lotus F1 car that  he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th annivers...
 Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi stands next to the Lotus F1 car that he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th a...
 Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi steers the Lotus F1 car that  he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th annivers...
 Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi steers the Lotus F1 car that he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th anniversa...
 Workers set up racing equipments at the Interlagos racing track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix w...
 A MacLaren crew member sets up tires at the Interlagos racing track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The Brazilian Formula One Grand Pr...

Brazil F1 Fittipaldi

Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi steers the Lotus F1 car that he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th annivers...

Brazil F1 Fittipaldi

Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi stands next to the Lotus F1 car that he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th a...

Brazil F1 Fittipaldi

Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi steers the Lotus F1 car that he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th annivers...

Brazil F1 Fittipaldi

Former Brazilian Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi steers the Lotus F1 car that he drove in 1970, as part of celebrations of the 40th anniversa...

Brazil F1 GP Auto Racing

Workers set up racing equipments at the Interlagos racing track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix w...

Brazil F1 GP Auto Racing

A MacLaren crew member sets up tires at the Interlagos racing track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. The Brazilian Formula One Grand Pr...

Felipe Massa won't hesitate if called upon to help Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso win the Formula One title at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Alonso has a chance to clinch his third world title at Interlagos on Sunday, and Massa guarantees he will do whatever he can to see his teammate achieve his goal, even relinquish victory in front of his home crowd.
"Why not, I'm a professional," Massa said. "I did it in 2007, wouldn't be a problem this time."
That year, Massa also wasn't in contention for the title and arrived at the Brazilian GP in position to help then Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Massa was leading the race but allowed Raikkonen to take over first place and secure the drivers' championship.
"If it is up to me, I'll definitely do it again," Massa said.
The Brazilian already allowed Alonso to pass him for victory at the German GP this year, a move that prompted F1 officials to fine Ferrari $100,000 for using team orders.
Alonso can win the title if he wins Sunday's race and Red Bull's Mark Webber finishes fifth or worse. He can also clinch the title by finishing second if Webber is eighth or worse, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton fourth or worse and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel third or worse.
Massa, who won at home in 2006 and '08, had a disappointing season this year and has yet to win a race. He will have another chance at the season finale in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 14.
"It was not a positive year," the 29-year-old Massa said. "I had hoped to be faster."
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OPTMISTIC LEWIS: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton is upbeat about his chances at the Brazilian Grand Prix despite admitting he is not the favorite to win Sunday's race.
"We go to Brazil knowing that we may not have the fastest car, but we'll have a decent package that should work well," Hamilton said. "We have a strong engine and good straight-line speed, so I think we'll still be quick."
Hamilton said he has always had a "unique experience" in races at Interlagos, the track where he lost the F1 title in 2007 and won it in 2008.
"In my first year in Formula One, I battled past a load of cars but could only finish seventh, losing out on the world championship," he said. "The following year, I had another tricky race, but managed to take fifth position on the final lap to win the world title."
He said he had "one of the best races" of his career last year, when he finished third despite a mistake in qualifying that resulted in a 17th-place staring position and another eventful race.
Hamilton said he was hoping for a calmer afternoon on Sunday.
"I'd like a nice, straightforward race this year," he said.
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GOING BACK IN TIME: Two-time Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi couldn't hold back tears after driving a Lotus on the streets of Sao Paulo.
Fittipaldi was emotional after driving the car in which he won his first F1 race in 1970 and his first title in 1972, saying "it was an incredible feeling" to take the Lotus through the streets of South America's biggest city for a few minutes.
The 63-year-old Fittipaldi, who won the drivers' championship in 1972 and '74, said he reached about 260 kph (160 mph) near some of Sao Paulo's landmarks.
Fittipaldi won 14 races in 11 seasons in F1 from 1970-80. He also won the 1989 and '93 Indianapolis 500, as well as the 1989 CART championship.
The sponsored event forced traffic to be briefly stopped in Sao Paulo on Tuesday, a national holiday in Brazil.
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MOVING OUT QUICKLY: Teams arrived for the Brazilian Grand Prix already thinking about leaving.
The next race on the calendar will be in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 14 and teams and drivers will have little time to pack everything and send it across the Atlantic Ocean for the season finale.
"We will try to leave as soon as possible after the race in Interlagos is over," Brazilian driver Luca Di Grassi said. "The teams will have to leave as soon as possible and the drivers will need to get there early too, to adapt to the time difference."
The Formula One calendar usually has races on consecutive weekends, but almost always when they are in Europe.
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HELMET GIVEAWAY: Lucas di Grassi is debuting a new helmet design in front of his home fans at the Brazilian GP, and will give away a replica to a fan from his Twitter page.
The helmet has the colors of the Brazilian flag _ green, yellow, blue and white _ and Di Grassi's name is painted in actual gold.
The other Brazilian drivers in this year's race are Bruno Senna of Hispania, Rubens Barrichello of Williams and Ferrari's Felipe Massa, the race-winner in 2006 and 2008.


Updated : 2021-08-04 16:39 GMT+08:00