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From the Pulpit

The Brazilian Grand Prix will see local hero Felipe Massa in a jumble of emotions. Having started 50 Grands Prix to date, and appearing at his home race in a Sauber outfit for the last time, Massa - no matter how he does in the Grand Prix - will have his eyes and heart firmly set on next year. Matt Bishop looks at the weight of expectations the diminutive Brazilian is now carrying

"Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this: that you are dreadfully like other people." So wrote the 19th century American author, editor, poet and diplomat James Russell Lowell - and I like what he wrote.

When analysing the hopes, fears and antics of Formula One stars, I try to remember good ol' JRL. For, though they may be megastars, and (usually) mega-rich with it, and though their lives may be very far from normal (how could they be?), underneath it all they are flesh and blood. A teeming constellation of fizzing cells, the same as you and me.

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