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Formula 1 - Countdown to Race 16 Sao Paulo, Brazil

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There has been a lot of motor sport this past weekend with kiwis featuring predominantly. Bathurst, in Australia, saw kiwis come in 2nd place, and the final of the Indy Car series raced in the USA, saw Scott Dixon go into the final race leading by a few points but saw him only manage third place, which gave the race victory and championship to his team mate.

So Dixon wasn’t able to back up his championship from last year, but 2nd place overall is nothing to be ashamed of. Let’s hope that soon kiwi performances like that will be seen in the world of F1.

The biggest news this week from F1 was the return of the injured Felipe Massa behind the wheel of a race car. Even though Ferrari has said he won’t be returning to F1 this season for the remaining two races, this is still an important part of his recovery and eventual return to the F1 circuit next year.

Due to restrictions to mid season testing he wasn’t allowed to get behind the current season’s car but, instead, got behind the wheel of a privately owned 2007 F1 car with GP2 tyres at Ferrari’s own race course in Fiorano, Italy.

With only two races to go this season, thoughts go back to the points table. There are only two teams fighting it out for the constructor’s championship - Brawn and Red Bull Racing. But with Brawn having a 35.5 point lead over Red Bull, it’s almost ‘game over’ as far as that race goes. The same can almost be said in the driver’s championship with 3 drivers fighting for the title. Both Brawn drivers and Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull are fighting it out, but it would take a minor miracle, and a huge stuff-up from the Brawn drivers, to allow Vettel to manage to gain the points required to win the championship. In fact Jenson Button, who is currently leading, only needs to finish ahead of or one place behind one of those drivers to clinch the title during this next race in Brazil.

There is still a lot to play for but this race could lock up both championships leaving the last race a dead rubber. Either way lets hope for some great racing.

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