With four races to go and one point separating first from second, the Formula 1 world championship is simmering into yet another titanic climax. Protagonists Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa both know there is no room for error as the championship chase looks to go down to the wire for a third year in a row.
Lewis Hamilton, who lost out in 2007 by a single point, will be hoping for a better finish than last year. The 23-year-old Briton saw a commanding 26 point lead over Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen disintegrate, as he finished the season a bitter runnerup.
This year he is fully aware that there is no room for error, having been quoted in an interview with the BBC saying "I can't afford any more mistakes, definitely not."
Felipe Massa goes into the final four races the hotter driver. Victories in Valencia and Spa (appeal pending) have seen him shred Hamilton’s lead to a single point. In Massa, the Brit has serious competition. "He (Massa) is the guy I have to beat. He has a good car and is a good driver” said Hamilton in the same interview.
The Formula 1 calendar heads to pastures new next week, with what promises to be an awe inspiring Grand Prix under the lights in Singapore. While the matter of it being a night grand prix is purely spectacle and is unlikely to affect the drivers, it is a new circuit which looks set to present many challenges.
At such a pivotal time in the season, both contenders need to go into the weekend undaunted by the task that lays ahead of them, there is no margin for error.
Both drivers will need to make sacrifices in order to succeed. They have good cars and full support from their respective teams. But, both drivers are prone to mistakes, as this year has proven. The question is who will conquer their demons and take the world drivers’ championship crown.