The 17th and the second last race of the 2014 Formula One season takes place at Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, which is home to the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who is now 24 points clear of closest rival and teammate Nico Rosberg following his triumph in the United States Grand Prix last week, would have pretty much clinched the 2014 drivers title with a win here, had this been any of the previous seasons.
However, the new rule this year - to double points for each place in the final race of the season - means that Hamilton might have to get a result in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to win the title.
Rosberg, who will have all this on his mind when he competes on Sunday, will be hoping to provide some stiff competition to his teammate at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, especially after doing well in the practice and qualifying sessions, where he finished first with a time of 1:10.347, 1:10.303 and 1:10.023 in Q1, Q2 and Q3 respectively.
Despite his good show in the practice and qualifying sessions, the German admits he needs to emulate his form in Sunday's race, which will feature only 18 cars as Marussia and Caterham will not be participation, due to them going into administration.
"Perfect job only if it works out tomorrow, you know, unfortunately. Up to now, of course, it's been going well and it's the best place to be in tomorrow but of course I need to make it happen in the race," Rosberg told the Formula 1 official website.
When asked whether he is under a different kind of pressure due to him being close behind Hamilton and the season coming to an end after two more races, the German replied: "Pressure: it's pretty much similar. The adrenaline is there, the tension, the excitement, it's not been changing that much. I'm just here; I'm going for it. I'm pushing myself to stay optimistic all the time. Naturally I am optimistic also. Learn from Austin; I know what I need to do better. So, from that point of view, good to go for tomorrow."
Meanwhile, Hamilton, who again finished behind Rosberg in the qualifying sessions with a time of 1:10.457, 1:10.712 and 1:10.056 in Q1, Q2 and Q3 respectively, says he is looking to win the race even though a second place finish will not hamper his chances of winning the title.
"I've come here to win so the priority target as always is to try and win the race," Hamilton told Formula 1's official website, adding that the team is aiming for a one-two finish.
"I want the team to have another one-two which is going to be our target. We know the Williams are very close. Hopefully we'll have a good battle tomorrow," the Brit stressed.
Williams driver Felipe Massa, who finished third in the qualifying with a time of 1:10.602, 1:10.343 and 1:10.247, says he will do his best to get a positive result in his native country.
"I will try everything I can for my best race. I really hope that it can be possible to have some opportunity, even with these two guys. I will try," Massa told Formula 1's official website.
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel emerged victorious in the Brazilian Grand Prix last season with a time of 1:32:36.300, followed by his former teammate Mark Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished 10.452 and 18.913 seconds behind the German respectively.
Where to Watch Live
Race Start (Sunday): 2 pm local time, 9:30 pm, IST, 4 pm GMT.
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