Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton wants win to wrap up title for Mercedes

Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton wants win to wrap up title for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton unimpressed by plans to add more races to F1 calendar
Read more On Wednesday Formula One confirmed a new grand prix in Hanoi, which will be a street race. This season is the second time the F1 calendar has been at its longest, with a total of 21 races. The sports owner Liberty Media has expressed a desire to expand it further and the Dutch media have reported that a race at Zandvoort is increasingly likely.

However Hamilton does not find the prospect attractive. I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, thats for sure, he said. It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I dont think thats a good thing. I think 18 was probably the best back in the day.

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes hasn’t got to the bottom of why it has struggled in recent races and may not do so before the end of the season.

Im someone who really loves racing but the season is long. Its a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time away from families, and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter.

Despite having won the championship, Lewis Hamilton says he won’t be called on to return the favour Valtteri Bottas paid him back in Russia by handing his team-mate a race win.

All I can do is speak is for myself. The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done. Getting your mind turned. Thats very difficult. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time.

“It’s not something I’ve asked Valtteri if he wants, but I don’t think he’s going to want that. He’s going to want to win it in his own way.

Read more With the drivers title secured, Mercedes have yet to clinch the constructors championship and Ferrari must outscore them by 13 points in Brazil to take the fight to the final race. The team will be focused on maximising their points but Hamilton dismissed suggestions he would gift Bottas a victory at Interlagos.

There are, without doubt, multiple factors that explain why were now speaking of Lewis Hamilton, and not Sebastian Vettel, as a five-time world champion. But undoubtedly one of them was the inefficacy of Ferraris late-season upgrades this year. Ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, however, Vettel revealed that his SF71H was now back in its sweet spot as he and his team continue to gun for the one championship theyre still in contention for: the 2018 constructors title.

The Finn, who has yet to win this year, gave up almost certain victory to Hamilton at the Russian Grand Prix under team orders but Hamilton was insistent that Mercedes would not use them in Bottass favour in Brazil. The team are not going to make that call, he said.

Sadly for them, deleting the upgrade had a marked improvement on the SF71Hs performance, with Kimi Raikkonen managing to beat Lewis Hamilton in a straight fight to victory at the United States Grand Prix that came after Japan, while Ferrari again looked to have the superior package of the two teams in Mexico. And as they attempt to overhaul Mercedes 55-point advantage in the constructors standings with two races to go, that could prove key.

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Its not something Ive asked Valtteri if he wants but I dont think hes going to want that. Hes going to want to win it in his own way. So I dont know if Ill be doing him any favours in the sense of giving him a win, I dont think he needs that. I think he thinks he can do it himself.

Its been a story of missed opportunities for the German driver and Ferrari in the past couple of seasons, the pair displaying solid strength in the first half the year only for their title bid to crumble after the summer, two years in succession.

Lewis Hamilton has insisted he is still under pressure in the remaining two races of the F1 2018 season, despite already winning the Drivers Championship.

Will Mercedes clinch their fifth title? Brazilian GP talking points

After surging clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel to secure his fifth world championship at round 19 of the 21-race campaign, Hamilton could be excused for easing off the throttle at this weekends Brazilian Grand Prix.

Mercedes could win the constructors’ championship for the fifth year in a row this weekend. Will they?

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari F1 title mission unchanged

But mindful of Mercedes determination to finish the season as constructors champions, and aware that Ferrari closed the gap to the Silver Arrows in both USA and Mexico, Hamilton is adamant his commitment will be absolute.