Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Fittipaldi has Hamilton re-think

Two-time F1 champion Emerson Fittipaldi is now tipping Lewis Hamilton to win the drivers' crown in his first season. Earlier this year, the Brazilian played down the Hamilton hype, sayingthe Briton was unlikely to win a race.

But Hamilton, 22, now leads the standings from Fernando Alonso, who supplanted Fittipaldi as F1's youngest champion in 2005, when he was 24."Lewis is very good, very determined and has the best chance of winning the title of anybody, " said Fittipaldi. "He is very focused and very established even though he is new."Fernando is very nervous. He has to focus on his driving and go forit, not be complaining so much about Lewis."He's very talented and he should be focused more on driving, and then he can get back to being more competitive again. "Fittipaldi, who won the second of his titles with McLaren in 1974, added that he expects compatriot and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa to push the current McLaren pairing all the way. Massa is currently third in the standings, 15 points behind Hamilton and one ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. "I'd love to see Felipe win," added Fittipaldi, who is head of the Brazilian team in the A1GP series."He won last weekend (in Turkey), and has the opportunity of his life, but he has to win more races."

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