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Massa on pole, Hamilton second on grid

Felipe Massa is in pole positon with Lewis Hamilton second for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton in Brazil GP practice

Happily, Hamilton escaped with his championship dream in place last night after his McLaren team went unpunished for illegally using two sets of wet-weather tyres in yesterday’s first practice session.

McLaren were fined £10,500 for the error. The Englishman takes a four-point lead into the title decider tomorrow.

Team boss Ron Dennis said, “It was 100 per cent our fault, not Lewis’s. Perhaps we were too tense.”

Hamilton said, “For me, I am so competitive. I always want to over-achieve, I want to achieve more and more and more. I want to win. I want it so bad, and the last race really showed me just how much I want it. I’ve been leading the championship now since the third race, and for me that’s just mind-blowing. Coming into the season, I was just hoping to do a good job, maybe get some points and podium positions, so I never imagined I would have four race wins and six pole positions. But I have the chance to win the world championship this weekend, and if I do, then fantastic. It will be a big step in my career and my life. If not then I will live to fight another day and I will move on to next year and try to win it then. But I feel I was born for this, so I know I’ve got it in me.”

He added, “It’s quite surreal being here. For many years I’ve wanted to come to Brazil and race at Interlagos. My first real opportunity is now here, and I’m buzzing. I can’t wait. I’m really excited about this. I look back and I’ve had a phenomenal season for my first year in Formula One. I’m 22 years old and very fortunate to be driving for McLaren. I’m very, very privileged to be in the position I am now, and I never thought I would be here, days away from potentially winning the world championship. I was in my hotel room yesterday looking out of the window, and I was thinking ‘wow!’ ”

Tomorrow’s race will be a sea of dreams.

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