FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX IN SEPANG

MICHAEL Schumacher may have sewn up the Formula One drivers' world title but he is aiming to help Ferrari do the double by sealing the constructors' championship.

Ferrari leads the standings with 156 points, while McLaren-Mercedes is second with 143 points.

A driver gets 10 points for a win and six for second spot.

If McLaren's Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard achieve a one-two finish this Sunday at Sepang, it will give them a total of 159 points.

That means all the Italian stable has to do is get three points. Or ensure that either Michael Schumacher or Rubens Barrichello finishes in fourth place to give it the three points it needs.

In the event of a tie, Ferrari will still win the Constructors' Championship because its pair would have had more wins than the McLaren pair (nine to eight, if either Hakkinen or Coulthard wins on Sunday).

In that sense, the odds are stacked against the McLaren team.

But, at a press conference yesterday, the Flying Finn tried to appear confident when he answered Timesport's question.

"If you ask me, it is still possible," he said.

"We've seen a lot of exciting overtaking moves this year. Many came from me, and some from the rest, like Michael.

"So it is quite disappointing to lose the drivers' title this year. Which is why we will need to go flat out from now on, from start to finish, just to beat Michael and Ferrari.

"Who knows? It may result in more overtaking moves in Sepang and of course, next season."

Schumacher insisted he and Barrichello would not take anything for granted.

"Luck can play a part," he added, "but we won't be thinking of that.

"We want to complete the double and end the year with another celebration."