McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is on the brink of becoming the youngest ever Formula One world champion after his sensational victory at the China Grand Prix last Sunday. The 23-year-old Brit easily led throughout the entire race, with rival Felipe Massa finishing in second place, but only after Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen let the Brazilian pass him late in the race.
The results in China set the stage for a dramatic final race in Brazil on November 2, with Hamilton only needing to finish within the top five to claim the coveted crown, and his place in Formula One racing history.
Sao Paolo, however, is Massa’s home turf, and fervent fans are expected to come out in full force to support their compatriot. Hamilton appears unperturbed by this, saying that Massa’s hometown advantage may be offset by the weight of expectation.
The victory gave Hamilton his fifth win this season, his ninth out of 34 total races, giving him a total of 94 points, only seven points ahead of Massa.