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Indian tipped for test role

Will Felipe Massa thrive on the home crowd pressure – or be crushed by it?

Next weekend Felipe Massa will experience a unique cocktail of pressures very few Formula 1 drivers ever have to face. Finding yourself in a championship showdown that’s gone down to the final race is one thing – doing it all at your home Grand Prix is quite another.

My favourite F1 showdown memories

There’s nothing like a championship-deciding, last-race-of-the-season nail-biter. This year we have the added piquancy of one of the title contenders racing on home ground – something I’ve never seen in almost 20 years of watching Grands Prix. Here are some of the most memorable title deciders for me – what’s yours?

John Beamer’s F1 tech file: Shanghai

Why did Felipe Massa race with a ‘shark fin’ but Kimi Raikkonen didn’t? How did Fernando Alonso’s ‘under-powered’ Renault out-drag Heikki Kovalainen? John Beamer of F1-Pitlane has the answers to these questions and more in his technical round-up for Shanghai.