Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
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Hamilton: 25 races not for me

Hamilton: 25 races not for me

Hamilton was speaking after Formula One announced on Wednesday it was adding Vietnam to the calendar.

But the newly-crowned five-times world champion said the season was already too long and there was not enough time between seasons to be able to recover.

Hamilton has also said he wants to break a run in which he has failed to win another race after clinching the title in seasons in which he became champion early. "I still want to win the race, the pressure is still the same and generally I have performed the best under pressure, so maybe I have subconsciously allowed the pressure to remain the same". "I am not going to be here if it gets to 25 races, that's for sure", he said.

Ferrari have earned six victories so far this season while Mercedes have earned nine, meaning that with two races remaining on the 2018 schedule, they can not possibly match, much less pass, the win total of the Brackley-based team.

"Some of it is still a mystery but I think there are a lot of areas that we have understood".

"I'm someone who really loves racing but the season is long". You start preparing for next year as soon as the season is so done, so getting your mind tuned is very hard'. All I can speak is for myself. "That's very hard. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time".


If one driver wins and the other finishes in the top seven, Mercedes will triumph again, but if the scarlet scuderia can continue recent form they have a chance to keep the championship alive into the final race in Abu Dhabi.

"There's a drivers' championship, but if you go to any team they're probably going to say this is more important for them - the constructors' championship more than the drivers".

Further down in the constructors' championship, Sauber sits just three points ahead of Toro Rosso, and with your position in the championship linked to how much prize money you receive at the end of the year, it's a crucial battle for both teams.

"It makes no difference..."

He added that it was more important for the team to succeed in the constructors' championship.

Ferrari has enjoyed the upper-hand over Mercedes in recent races - outscoring its rivals by 12 points in the US and 11 points in Mexico - so it will require a better weekend at Interlagos if it is to take the battle to Abu Dhabi in two weeks' time.

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