Felipe Massa believes all the pressure will be on Lewis Hamilton of McLaren when the two drivers race for the Formula One championship at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix next week.
The Ferrari driver, who trails Hamilton by seven points in the overall standings, said Sunday that he has the easier task with only victory on his mind. If Hamilton finishes fifth or better, he will become the youngest ever F1 champion at age 23.
"Yes, it's true. I have a tougher job than Lewis in terms of the points situation, but my own objective for the weekend is much more straightforward than his," Massa said. "I only have to focus on winning the race. After that, the matter is not in my hands and we will have to wait and see exactly what and how much we have won."
Hamilton surrendered a seven-point advantage last season for Massa's teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, to take the Brazilian GP and his first F1 title.
"For sure, Lewis will try and put pressure on me, but I have zero pressure because I have nothing to lose," the Brazilian driver said. "Another plus for me is that I will have a huge following here in my home town."
Massa won the Brazilian GP at the Interlagos circuit in 2006 and finished second last year.