Nico Rosberg has vowed to go all out for the win in Brazil – the race win that would guarantee him the World title – while Lewis Hamilton says he has nothing to lose.
The team-mates will line up on the Interlagos grid with Rosberg 19 points ahead of Hamilton in the race for the Drivers’ Championship title.
As such a victory on Sunday will hand the German his first F1 title as will any scenario where he beats Hamilton by seven points.
Rosberg, though, would like to wrap it up with a race win.
“It’s awesome to be fighting for the championship,” he said in Thursday’s FIA press conference. “Of course I am going to try and go for the win.
“I love this track. It’s a great circuit and I’ve always gone well here. I have special memories of the two wins.
“Of course, everything starts from zero again this year just like every race. Past results mean nothing at this point.”
And although another runner-up finish would be enough to ensure Rosberg holds the advantage into the final race of the season, the German has once again insisted that he will be giving it his all this Sunday.
He added: “You’re never going to take it easy – even if you’re fighting for a Championship. That’s not how drivers work.”
As for Hamilton, the reigning World Champion concedes he has nothing to lose as he tries to secure his first Brazilian GP win and keep the championship alive.
“It will be a great challenge to try and win here. That’s the aim,” he said. “I’ve got nothing to lose.
“I don’t know why I’ve never won here. But I’d love to do it and I’ll be doing all I can to make that happen.”