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Brazilian GP - Kimi's column

16th October 2007
Down to the wire. The fight for the championship has got down to the wire. I'm still an outsider to win the title. But as we saw in Shanghai two weeks ago anything can happen. I have a very competitive car, so that helps. Obviously, the driver with the most points must always be the favorite in normal conditions. But it's going to be exciting. We go to Brazil in position three. The main thing is that we still have a chance to fight. We will give it all. That is for sure. I'll fly to Sao Paulo on Tuesday. There I'll have my 28th birthday on Wednesday. I have no plans to celebrate. It is better just to focus on the weekend. I just hope for one present for my birthday and I hope to get it after the race on Sunday. I decided to take a few days off in Dubai before flying to Sao Paulo. It helped with the training and it was great weather this time of the year. It is nice to get on going after the Chinese Grand Prix. I had a very good feeling with the car and I had a very good feeling with the team in Shanghai. There was no time to make miracles. We have just done some simulations in the factory so that the car is ready to roll on that bumpy Interlagos track. I guess the boys at McLaren have done their job as we did. There is a lot of pressure on both sides. They are the favourites and they fight against each other, too. Hopefully we benefit from that. To do well in Sao Paulo we need to have a very solid and strong weekend without problems. Obviously, the front row is very important. So is a good strong all round package. Also the engine is important pulling up the hill. I will treat the final race the same way as the last two. My aim is to win and the rest is not up to me. For me it is a similar position to 2003. Then I lost the title to Michael, but looking back it was a close call and at one point during the race it looked possible. Hamilton has seven points more than us. It is not that easy to go to the last race just to get a couple of points more. We cannot calculate. We have to win. For us it is a straight forward race. I have been reading stories, that the tyre choice of Bridgestone - supersoft and soft - should be better for McLaren, like it was in Monaco and Hungary. It is true that the supersofts did favour McLaren early in the season, but since then Ferrari have improved the set up. So we will just have to wait and see, how it goes in Brazil. I have been close to winning in Sao Paulo, but it has never quite paid off. To have finished three times second in not that bad. Once I had the trophy already at my home, but I had to give it back two weeks later. Two weeks ago I said the same about Shanghai and then I won. Let's hope it is the same result again.