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Dennis would take Ferrari 1-2 in Brazil

Lewis Hamilton celebrates at the Chinese GPMcLaren team boss Ron Dennis says he see no problems with a Ferrari one-two at the Brazilian Grand Prix if it means Lewis Hamilton secures the drivers' title.

Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix in dominant style on Sunday to go into the season finale with a seven-point lead over Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

The gap, the same the Briton had ahead of last year's final race, means Hamilton will just need a fifth place finish at Interlagos to secure the title, no matter what Massa does.

Dennis, who team are 11 points behind Ferrari in the constructors' championship, said McLaren will make sure they stay out of trouble all weekend and try to make the race as boring as possible.

"We have no problem with Massa coming first and Kimi coming second," Dennis told reporters. "It doesn't really worry us. I don't think they're going to have a performance advantage, but it doesn't really worry us.

"Obviously don't have to win that race to win Lewis his first championship. We will compete fiercely through practice and qualifying, see where we are and take a view from there."

He added: "We just need to remain disciplined. At the end of the day, we're in a better position than our competitors because we're seven points ahead. The outcome depends on where the other cars are, but we go there knowing we can finish third, fourth or fifth.

"Our target will be to finish the race and do what we have to do to win. The most important thing will be to stay out of trouble.

"We want to win everything. We're looking at the ifs and buts in the championship for constructors, but obviously we're in a strong position. To win the world championship we have to finish the next race, it's as simple as that. OK, we have less to do, but we need to be really focused and calm.

"It's going to b a challenge for the whole team to do what's necessary, and not to make any mistakes. I think for everybody it will be a very exciting race, but our objective will be to make it boring for everybody."

Dennis praised Hamilton's performance in China, saying the Briton showed he can cope with the pressure.

"He thrives on pressure and if there is a challenge to his integrity it makes him stronger," Dennis added.

The McLaren chief said he was also proud of his team's approach this weekend.

"We have to walk the talk. If you are going to sign up to having the right values, and the right approach to racing, it's what you have to do. I'm particularly proud of the tam's calmness throughout this weekend.

"I think we've done all the right things, although obviously it's disappointing that we didn't score points with Heikki. That's one of those things."

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